The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that calls on the Russian Federation to stop human rights violations in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. Oleh Nikolenko, the speaker of the Ukrainian mission to the UN, stated this on Facebook.
65 people voted in favor, 23 against.
"Despite significant opposition from the Russian Federation, which sometimes boiled down to open threats, Ukraine managed to hold two extremely important documents at the UN - on the problem of militarization of the Crimea, and on protecting the rights of people who are forced to live under occupation," - Nikolenko said.
These resolutions will complement the set of political and diplomatic tools for the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
“I want to immediately reassure the skeptics. Despite international legal ignorance, the Russian Federation is an element of the system of international relations for which UN resolutions matter. The decisions taken will most likely not be implemented in the Kremlin, but they will be reckoned with in Washington, Brussels, Tokyo or Wellington,” – Nikolenko said.
The document, in particular, states that obtaining territory or any other advantage due to aggression cannot and will not be considered a legal action. Russia must stop the policy of changing the demographic situation in Crimea, primarily by relocating its population there, as well as forced eviction.
As we reported before, The UN General Assembly will consider a draft resolution on protection of human rights in the occupied Crimea.