This was said in a statement by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the UN General Assembly's adoption of the updated resolution "Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine," published on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
"This is the fifth consecutive resolution of the General Assembly on human rights issues in the occupied Crimea and the ninth in the context of the international response to Russia's attempt to annex the Ukrainian peninsula. The adopted document will facilitate, in particular, the implementation of the Ukrainian initiative to create the Crimean Platform," the foreign minister noted.
He stressed that this year, the provisions of the resolution have been significantly strengthened, and the new elements reflect numerous facts of gross human rights violations on the temporarily occupied peninsula.
"The resolution clearly defines the illegitimacy of the bodies and officials of the Russian Federation in Crimea in the context of strengthening the international policy of non-recognition of the attempted annexation of Crimea. It has been stated for the first time at the UN level, that such officials should be considered only as "occupation authorities of the Russian Federation," Kuleba said.
The document states that Russia does not fulfill its international obligations in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law. It is noted that the level of human rights in Crimea after its occupation by Russia has decreased significantly, in particular due to the fact that Russia is a party to fewer relevant international treaties than Ukraine.
The General Assembly emphasizes that Russia imposes unnecessary and disproportionate restrictive measures in Crimea under the pretext of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, intensifying repressions against the population, in particular by involving the FSB.
It is important that the UN General Assembly does not stay away from the problem of releasing unlawfully detained Ukrainian citizens.
The resolution introduces the term "citizen journalists", which is an important result of the ongoing campaign of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to protect journalists and activists working under occupation.
On Wednesday, December 16, the UN General Assembly, by a majority vote, adopted the updated resolution "Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine."
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