Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs protests against Putin's visit to Crimea
Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has protested in connection with Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent unauthorized visit to Ukraine's Crimea, which was been occupied by Russia.
"Ukraine considers this visit and any so-called trips of Russian officials to the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine) a grave violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, cynical and demonstrative disregard by the Russian side of generally recognized principles and norms of international law, bilateral and multilateral obligations the treaties to which Ukraine and Russia are parties, including the UN Charter," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday, August 6.
Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded that Crimea and Sevastopol are an inalienable part of Ukraine in its internationally recognized borders.
"This is recognized by the entire international community, which has repeatedly given an appropriate assessment of the internationally wrongful act of the Russian Federation through the adoption of relevant resolutions of the UN, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, other international organizations, and the imposition of sanctions against the Russian Federation as an occupying state," the Ukrainian diplomats added.
According to Russian media reports, Putin on August 4 arrived in the Russia-occupied city of Sevastopol to attend the "Opera in Chersonese" festival, which is to be held at the Tauric Chersonese (Khersones Tavrichesky) state historical archaeological museum and reserve on August 10–12.