Ukraine has the right to release and restore full control over all temporarily occupied territories within its internationally recognized borders, including Crimea. This is stated in the statement of the EU made during the meeting of the Permanent Council of the OSCE, reports Ukrinform.
"Last week, the international community, here in the OSCE and other international organizations, demonstrated unity in unwavering support and solidarity with Ukraine. Our governments and our peoples have made it clear: we stand by Ukraine, which is exercising its inalienable right to self-defense against Russian aggression in accordance with international law, in particular Article 51 of the UN Charter, and will continue to do so as long as necessary," the statement reads.
The European Union highly appreciated the courage and determination of the Ukrainian people, who are fighting for the protection of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and freedom of Ukraine.
"Ukraine has the right to release and restore full control over all territories occupied by Russia within its internationally recognized borders, including Crimea", according to the statement.
At the same time, the European Union reminded that on February 26, it has been a year of the Ukrainian Resistance to the Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and emphasized that "Crimea is Ukraine".