The international society should increase the sanctions' pressure on Russia due to the current situation in the occupied Crimea. Olena Zerkal', Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration Affairs said that during her speech at the UN Security Council session on late Thursday.
'One needs to step up the ongoing bilateral and multilateral sanctions; UNGA resolutions on human rights in Crimea and Sevastopol should be supported. These documents shoud serve as the roadmap for de-occupation', Zerkal said.
She also informed the parties about the increasing militarization of the occupied Crimea, and the repressions against Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars who reside there. 'Moscow has been turning Crimea into a huge military base with ground, air and naval forces at its disposal, using this as a launch pad for military interventions in other conflicts. Syria is a fresh example of that... Russian occupant forces do not stick to prosecuting certain individuals; they oppress activists and representatives of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars', the official concluded.
As is known, Ukraine is now working on the Memorandum on the violations of rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. On June 12, the Ukrainian side plans to submit the document for consideration by the UN International Court.
Ukraine also expects that the PACE will release a report and the resolution about race discrimination of Crimean Tatars by Russia.
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