Ukraine continues to consolidate international efforts to achieve the complete de-occupation of Crimea and to bring Russia to justice for its crimes.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said this its comment on the occasion of the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol.
"Russia seized Crimea by armed aggression and attempted its illegal annexation on the pretext of an unlawful and rigged referendum. By doing so, it grossly violated the basic principles of international law and undermined the European and global security system," the ministry said.
The ministry stressed that from day one of the occupation, Russia has been pursuing a criminal policy of colonization and assimilation of the peninsula. It systemically violates international law and human rights, uses brutal repression against all those who have the courage to resist the occupation.
The Ukrainian diplomats also thanked its allies and partners for their consistent and effective support in the struggle for restoring Ukraine's territorial integrity.
According to the ministry, the international community should increase political and sanctions pressure on Russia to persuade it to liberate the occupied Ukrainian territories, release all political prisoners, and abide by the international court rulings.
"Ukraine continues to consolidate international efforts to achieve the complete de-occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol and to bring Russia to justice for its crimes. To this end, Ukraine is creating a new international coordination format, the Crimea Platform, and calls on all partners to join it," the ministry said.
The Crimean Platform is a new consultative and coordination format initiated by Ukraine to improve the international response to the occupation of Crimea and growing security challenges.
The Platform aims to increase international pressure on Russia, prevent further human rights violations, protect victims of the occupation regime, and achieve the goal of de-occupation of Crimea and its return to Ukraine.
The Crimean Platform will operate at several levels: The first is the highest political level, which will be joined by foreign heads of state and government. The second is the level of heads of foreign policy departments and defence ministers; the third is the inter-parliamentary level; the fourth is the level of non-governmental experts.
The activities of the Crimean Platform will be officially launched at the inaugural summit which is planned to be held in Kyiv on August 23, 2021.
As reported, on February 26, Ukraine marks the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol.