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Ukraine Marks 4th Anniversary Of Russian Aggression



…Calls for the sustainance of sanctions against Russia

The Ukraine government has called on the International community to strengthen the sanctions on Russia for its act of arm aggression against Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Valerie Aleksander made this call in Abuja, at the meeting of the International group of friends of de-occupation of the Crimea, as part of the event to commemorate the 4th Anniversary of Russian aggression of against Russia.

“The only way to stop Russian aggression against Ukraine is the imposition of sanction. Sanction is a very potent instrument. The sanction imposed by the European Union (EU), the United States, Canada, Japan etc, is very effective and needs to be sustained. It is only a matter of time, it will force Russian troops to withdraw from Ukraine’s territory.

Mr Aleksander affirmed that, Ukraine has enjoyed tremendous International support since Russia started its aggression against Ukraine in February 2014.

Speaking specifically on how the sanction is affecting Russia, Mr Aleksander explained that; “Don’t forget that Russia was banned from accessing funds from international Finance Institutions. Also, some top officials of Russian government, were banned from entering the European Union countries, the United States and Canada.”

He said, Nigeria has been of tremendous help to the Ukrainian cause, explaining that, Nigeria supported Ukraine at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) vote to impose sanction on Russia.

“I was among the three Ambassadors that submitted their letter of credence to President Muhammadu Buhari, after he was sworn-in. We use that opportunity for fruitful discussion on the way out of the Russia’s occupation of Crimea.

The Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko had in September, 2017, suggested the idea of creating an International group of friends of de-occupation of Crimea to coordinate common steps and actions of the World community.

In his statement during the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on 20 September, 2017 Poroshenko expressed the hope on International support of Ukraine’s initiatives to ensure observance of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea, in particular a further respective UNGA resolution.

“We need to strengthen the international regime of de-occupation of Crimea” – said Ukraine’s President.

“The fact that at the highest international level – UN General Assembly – Russia was recognized as an occupying power proves that we are on the right track. The time has come to establish an international group of friends of Ukrainian Crimea to coordinate our common steps. We count on coordinated and targeted support of our international partners.

Militarization of Crimea is another security threat that affects the whole of Southern and Eastern Europe as well as North Africa and the Middle East.

Together with our neighbours and partners we urge Russia to ensure full compliance with its commitments under the OSCE Vienna Document and other international rules concerning military activities” – underlined Mr. Poroshenko.

This mechanism of the gradual – peaceful – pushing Russia out of the occupied Crimea previews the instruments of international law, sanctions, international courts and arbitrage, international platforms and monitoring mechanisms – starting with the UN, and ending with UNESCO.

All over the world Ukrainian diplomatic services undertake its efforts to organize a series of conferences, seminars, meetings, speeches and addresses in order to attract a larger international attention and support to the gradual peaceful pushing Russia out from the occupied Ukrainian Crimea.

The presence of foreign diplomats, representatives of local authorities, political elite, international experts, media and the general public at such events is aimed at increasing international pressure on Russia and confirming international intolerance to any manifestations of military aggression, rude assault of international law norms, gross violations of human rights.

Russia launched its well-planned armed aggression against Ukraine on 20 February 2014 with the military operation of its Armed Forces on seizing a part of the Ukrainian territory  - Crimean peninsula.

We again urge Russia to reverse the illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol, and to stop its aggression against Ukraine, including by withdrawing its troops from the Ukrainian territory and fully implementing its commitments under the Minsk agreements.

Political and economic sanctions were imposed on Russia in response to its aggression against Ukraine, therefore, stopping Russian military aggression against Ukraine and the reinstatement of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity may be the only reason for their cancellation. In other circumstances, Russia will continue its aggression, extending it to other states in the region.

We count on coordinated and targeted support of our international partners.

In February, 2018 the World will marked the 4th anniversary of the one of rudest violation of the International law and Peace principles of the current Human history – the Russian occupation of Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea.