On 7 December 2020, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba made the following statement:
“On 7 December 2020, the 75th session of the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution entitled «Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov».
This is the third year in a row that the UN has adopted such a resolution that will be a new element of growing legal pressure on Russia.
The adopted resolution indicates that the militarization of Crimea by the Russian Federation as the occupying power remains in the spotlight of the international community. The transformation of Crimea into a huge military base is considered as a direct threat to security and stability in the region.
The resolution condemns Russia's ongoing occupation of Crimea and stresses that it constitutes a threat to international security.
The resolution affirms that the seizure of Crimea by force is illegal and is a violation of international law, thus the occupied territories must be immediately returned back to Ukraine.
The resolution notes the continuing destabilization of Crimea as a result of transfers by the Russian Federation of weapons and their means of delivery, including nuclear-capable aircraft and missiles. The resolution calls on Russia to stop such activities immediately.
The updated resolution contains a number of new key elements.
The resolution calls for international cooperation aimed at the de-occupation of Crimea, including through the work of the Crimean Platform.
The resolution also states that, firstly, the Russian occupation undermines the international arms control and security architecture. Secondly, the Russian occupation destabilizes the international verification and arms control regimes - the Treaty on Open Skies, the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence and Security Building Measures. Thirdly, the illegal seizure and establishment of control by the Russia over the former nuclear weapons storage sites in Crimea may pose a threat to the regional and global security,
The resolution also calls upon Russia to refrain from militarisation of school education in Crimea - combat training of Crimean children, aimed at their training for military service in the Russian armed forces.
Ukraine has now in its legal arsenal a new strong argument to advance the de-occupation of Crimea”.