EU will never recognise illegal annexation of Crimea
August 24, 2022

EU will never recognise illegal annexation of Crimea

The European Union will never recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen yesterday told the online Summit of the Crimea Platform.

She said the annexation of Crimea in 2014 marked the beginning of Putin’s deplorable attempt to deny Ukraine its freedom, and that Crimea has since then been used, “not only as a Russian military base, but also as a testing ground for the brutal methods Russia is now applying across the other occupied parts of Ukraine

“We are deeply concerned about the human rights violations in the Crimean peninsula. The disappearances, the torture, the killings. The persecution of Crimean Tartars. The intimidation and incarceration of journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders,” the European Commission President said, adding, “the European Union will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.

Addressing the same meeting, European Council President Charles Michel said Russia had since February been using Crimea as a strategic springboard to invade other parts of Ukraine from the south and to attack Ukraine with indiscriminate missile strikes. Russia is also using the peninsula as a transit point to deport Ukrainian citizens to infamous filtration camps, where acts of torture and abuse have been reported, he added.

“The EU is right by your side in these dramatic times, and we will stay there for as long as it takes. I call on all countries around the world to clearly condemn Russia’s illegal actions. Ukraine’s full territorial integrity, within its internationally recognised borders, must be restored. Crimea is Ukraine,” said Michel.

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