Foreign Ministry Statement on 46th anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution "Definition of aggression"
14 December 2020 16:37

On December 14, 1974, the UN General Assembly approved Resolution 3314 (XXIX), which defined aggression.

Waging armed aggression against Ukraine for 7 years, Russia has been grossly violating the UN Charter, this resolution, and its other international legal obligations.

Incessant efforts by the Russian Federation to legitimize the attempted annexation of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, occupation of other parts of Ukraine and Georgia, war crimes and crimes against humanity are all consequences of the most serious of all international crimes pursuant to the paragraphs a), b), c), d), e) and g) of Article 3 of the Annex to UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 (XXIX), as well as Article 8bis of the Statute of the International Criminal Court.

By its aggressive actions, the Russian Federation, despite its status as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, undermines fundamental principles of the international legal order, including respect for the territorial integrity of sovereign states and the inviolability of borders.

As a result of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine, more than 14,000 people were killed and almost 40,000 wounded. More than 1.5 million Crimean and Donbass residents have been forced to flee their homes as internally displaced persons and relocate to Ukrainian-controlled territory, while 170,000 Russians have been relocated to occupied Crimea.

The direct consequence of the armed aggression led to the transformation of the Russian-occupied Donbass and Crimea into a territory of lawlessness, wherein human and civil rights and freedoms are violated, illegal passportization and forced imposition of Russian citizenship are being carried out, wherein violence, torture, persecution and suppression of any dissent, humiliation of human dignity became an everyday practice.

More than 100 of our fellow citizens are now political prisoners of the Kremlin. Even more are in basements in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Ukraine is grateful to its partners for their unwavering and consistent support for the territorial integrity of our state and highly appreciates the international policy of non-recognition of Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and their efforts to end the aggression in Donbas.

We look forward to increasing political and diplomatic pressure on Russia as an aggressor and occupying power in order to restore Ukraine's territorial integrity.

We call on the international community to make every effort to restore peace and security on the European continent, and we urge Russian Federation, as a party to the international armed conflict it has unleashed, to withdraw its troops and equipment from the Ukrainian Crimea and Donbas.

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