11:15 20.12.2016

UN General Assembly resolution on Crimea internationally consolidates Russia's responsibility for human rights violations on peninsula

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko welcomes the adoption at the plenary session of the UN General Assembly resolution "Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)."

"I am sincerely grateful to all partners for support and participation in the elaboration of that important document. From now on, the given Resolution assigns status of invader and full responsibility for the brutal violation of human rights in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol - to Russia at the highest international level," Poroshenko said.

The president said that the given decision of the UN General Assembly "is the most important sign of international unity and solidarity in times when the worst practices of the Soviet Union are used in Crimea, including methods of "punitive psychiatry", show trials, abductions, tortures and even intentional murder of people who openly protest against Russian occupation of Ukrainian territories."

"Today's decision is a demonstration of broad support of the international law and basic values of post-war world order. The aggressor must feel high price for crimes committed in the Ukrainian territories," the president said.

Poroshenko said: "The most efficient and non-alternative way to restore justice is full de-occupation and restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula. Crimea is Ukraine. We continue struggle."

As reported, the UN General Assembly adopted the Ukrainian resolution on Crimea on December 19. Some 70 members voted for the resolution, 26 against it, and 77 abstained.

The resolution recognizes Russia as s an "occupying power," Crimea as "temporarily occupied" by Russia, and condemns the abuses and discrimination against Crimean Tatars, the Ukrainian mission to UN reported.

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