The UN General Assembly supported the resolution “On the issue of militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine) and parts of Black and Azov Seas”. The event was broadcasted on the UN website.
66 states upheld the document, 19 were against it, while another 72 abstained.
The resolution urges Russia to withdraw its forces from Crimea and stop the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s territory. Besides, the resolution condemns the build-up of Russia’s military presence in Black and Azov seas, as the Ukrainian mission to the UN reported on Twitter.
The main provisions of the resolution state as follows:
- The presence of Russian troops in Crimea violates the national sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and undermines the security and stability of the neighboring states and region of Europe;
- The document states concerns about progressive militarization of Crimea by Russia as an occupant state;
- The document states concerns due to the continued actions of Russia in some areas of Black Sea and Sea of Azov, including its militarization, which creates additional threats for Ukraine and undermines the stability of the wider region;
- The resolution expresses special concern about the dangerous conflict escalation and unjustified use of Russia’s forces against Ukraine on November 25, 2018, in the Black Sea, urges Russia to immediately release the vessels, crews, and equipment;
- Urges Russia to refrain from impeding legal implementation of navigation rights and freedoms in Black and Azov seas and Kerch Strait;
- Condemns the construction and opening of a bridge over the Kerch Strait between Russia and temporarily occupied Crimea and condemns increasing military presence of Russia in parts of Black and Azov seas including in the Kerch Strait and Russia’s suppressions against commercial vessels and restriction of the international shipping there;
- Urges Russia, as the occupant state, to withdraw armed forces from Crimea and stop the temporary occupation of Ukraine’s territory.
The resolution on militarization opens a new direction of countering the Russian aggression in Crimea, the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.
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