Mogherini declares support for Ukraine's territorial integrity, condemns Moscow's actions
The fourth association council held by the European Union and Ukraine in Brussels on Friday was an opportunity for Brussels to reaffirm its unwavering support for the Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said.
The EU is watching developments in eastern Ukraine very closely, she said after the meeting at a joint press conference with Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
She said that she had discussed the current situation in eastern Ukraine with Groysman and stressed the need for a UN special monitoring mission to have access to all areas affected by the conflict. The safety of the mission must be guaranteed.
Mogherini also said that the attendees reaffirmed the EU policy of refusing to recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and condemned the ongoing militarization of the Crimean peninsula and the worsening human rights situation in the region, in particular, the ban on the autonomous Tatar administration.
The attendees reiterated the call for the immediate release of all Ukrainians held illegally in illegally annexed Crimea and in Russia, Mogherini said.