For the first time Russia is recognized as an occupying state at the international level – Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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The outcome of the summit of the Crimea platform, which was held today, on August 23, in Kyiv, was the signing of a joint declaration by 46 participating countries. This was announced by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in his speech at the end of the summit, UA reports.

He noted that this day is a historical one for Ukraine.

“We held a summit, at which a powerful international coalition was created to liberate the Ukrainian Crimea from the occupation of the Russian Federation. The summit resulted in a declaration approved by all participating countries” – the president said.

Zelenskyy announced the main positions of the Crimean Platform declaration:

  • non-recognition of the illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation;
  • consideration of additional restrictive sanctions against Russia in case of further aggression;
  • uniting the efforts of all countries participating in the Crimea Platform to enhance security and stability in the Black Sea region;
  • a responsible official will be appointed in each country for further cooperation with the Office of the Crimea Platform.

“For the first time at the international level, Russia has been recognized as an occupying state. And according to the norms of international humanitarian law, it is obliged to stop violations of human rights in the occupied Crimea. And provide access to Crimea for international, humanitarian and human rights organizations” – the president added.

To remind, earlier Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba reported that the Crimean platform will work at three levels: intergovernmental, interparliamentary, and expert level.

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