16:52 14.12.2017

Russia, its leaders will inevitably answer for armed aggression against Ukraine

Russia, its leaders will inevitably answer for armed aggression against Ukraine

The occupation of Crimea, some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, more than 10,200 Ukrainians killed and 24,500 wounded are the consequences of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said.

"The consequences of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine are the occupation of part of Ukrainian territory - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol, certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the continuing numerous serious human rights violations in the occupied territory, over 10,200 dead and 24,500 wounded citizens of Ukraine, the death of 298 passengers from flight MH17, destroyed houses and vital infrastructure facilities, and more than 1.5 million IDPs," the ministry said in a statement on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 (XXIX) "Definition of Aggression," which was released by the ministry's press service on Thursday, December 14.

The statement notes that the severity and scale of actions committed by Russia against Ukraine continue to grow.

"As history shows, such actions entail responsibility, which will inevitably come both for the Russian Federation and its top leadership," the ministry said.

In this regard, Ukraine welcomes the ongoing efforts of the international community on criminalizing the international crime of aggression in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

"We call on the Russian Federation to comply with UN GA resolutions 68/262 and 71/205, stop armed aggression against Ukraine, withdraw its regular armed forces from Ukrainian territory, illegal armed forces controlled and financed by them, mercenaries, weapons and military equipment, to cancel all acts aimed at legalizing the attempt to annex Crimea, Sevastopol, as well as the puppet formations of the aggressor state in the occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the statement reads.

Kyiv also calls on the world community to jointly resist the attempts of the aggressor states, including Russia, to use aggression as a way of conducting foreign policy and imposing uncivilized and destructive rules for world order.

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