© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in photosangelina the representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko. Archival photo© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace the image Bank
Ukraine will submit draft resolution of the UN General Assembly against the «militarization of Crimea,» said the permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko.
«Ukraine intends to introduce a draft General Assembly resolution to prevent the further militarization of Russia, Ukraine and surrounding territories,» — said Yelchenko at the event organized by Ukraine in the fields 73 of the UN General Assembly.
«Holding numerous military exercises in the Crimea and around it demonstrates the aggressive policy of Russia towards Ukraine and other black sea countries. The permanent militarization of the Azov sea is another cause for concern,» — said Yelchenko.
He showed a slide that depicted a map of Ukraine and surrounding territories, and the Crimea on the background of the flag of Russia. The picture shows also an enormous octopus tentacle between Crimea and Ukraine, warships, soldiers in camouflage, artillery, and air defense.
Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»