Over four years of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine, which included the annexation of Crimea and occupation of Donbas, more than 10,000 Ukrainians deceased and almost 2 million became forced refugees. The occupied areas of Crimea and Donbas suffered colossal damage to infrastructure, property and natural environment. This and much more is mentioned in the statement released by the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine on Thursday.
'Russian occupation government showed full disregard to the norms of the international law, resorting to large-scale and serious provocations of human rights in the occupied territories, trying to break and submit all dissidents who stand against the Kremlin's aggressive policy. It deliberately ignores the order of the UN International Court in this regard, organizing and motivating its proxies to act similarly in Donetsk and Luhansk regions,' the message says.
The Ministry notes that dozens of Ukrainian citizens became political prisoners in Russia and occupied Ukrainian territories, due to the trumped-up cases initiated against them. 'Their release remains one of the key priorities of Ukraine and the international community', the statement reads.
Ukraine's chief diplomatic entity stressed that the international community is united in condemning Russia's illegal actions. The Ministry thanked its international partners for their clear stance regarding protection and restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity - within its internationally recognized borders.
The UN peacekeeping mission, deployed along the entire occupied area in Donbas, including the militant-controlled section of Ukraine-Russia state border, should become an effective tool to restore Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Ministry concluded.