President Poroshenko: Russia had no grounds for annexation of Crimea

President Poroshenko: Russia had no grounds for annexation of Crimea

From the standpoint of international law, the Russian Federation had no grounds for military occupation of the territory of Crimea in 2014.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said this during the interrogation as a witness in the video conference on Yanukovych high treason case, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"From the standpoint of international law, the aggressor country, the Russian Federation, had no grounds for the actions it demonstrated since February 20, 2014. I think that there will be an opportunity to ask this question to those who decided to unleash aggression against Ukraine on part of the Russian Federation," the President said, answering the prosecutor's questions about the reasons for the military occupation of the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Poroshenko also pointed out that Russia had been recognized as the aggressor back in March 2014, when the UN General Assembly resolution had condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea, being the integral part of Ukraine, by Russia.

There are numerous evidence of Russia's hybrid war against the sovereign state of Ukraine, Poroshenko stressed. "I also instructed to prepare files for trials in different directions, including at the International Court of Justice, beginning with the financing of terrorism by the Russian Federation and ending with the violation of the Law of the Sea or the violation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination," he added.


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