United Nations Security Council is holding a meeting on Crimea on a symbolic date, the fifth anniversary of the beginning of Russia’s occupation of Crimea, which is a blatant violation of the international law. The session was broadcasted on the UNSC website.
"This meeting will mark five years since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation. It will provide an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from civil society and experts on the latest developments. It is also a call on the international Community to take a stand for a rules-based international order and condemn the illegal occupation of Crimea by Russia," the message says.
It was reported that not only Council members, but also representatives of other UN member countries would participate.
The session started at 4 p.m. Friday (Kyiv time).
The Ukrainian side is represented by regular delegation members and famous Crimean Tatar public figures.
Olga Oprysko, the daughter of one of the Ukrainian sailors captured in the Kerch Strait will be present as well.
The UN Security Council will discuss the actions that could prevent Russia from further breaches of international law.
Crimea was annexed by Russia after the illegal referendum held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the Western countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.