"On the anniversary of the illegal annexation (of Crimea - ed.) UK announces funding for a new project to improve access of Ukrainians living in Crimea to vital services," the statement said.
According to the statement, the UK will contribute 168 thousand pounds (23 550 USD) to this project, which will support local authorities in the neighboring Kherson region to help those "who are struggling to visit hospitals or apply for Ukrainian passports ".
The department also noted that the UK has contributed almost 700 thousand pounds (980 000 USD) to the UN Human Rights Observatory, which monitors and documents violations of citizens' rights in Crimea.
Earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that Ukraine plans to appeal to the European Union with a request to impose new sanctions against the Russian Federation for violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea.
We add that in early January, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on the claims of Ukraine against the Russian Federation on violation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea, which recognized the case of Ukraine against Russia as partially admissible, and proceeded to consider the case on the merits.
And in early February, the European Parliament condemned widespread human rights violations in Russian-occupied Crimea.