UN for Ukraine: UN recognizes Crimea as occupied – for the first time
Politics09:29 Nov. 16, 2016

UN recognizes Crimea as occupied – for the first time

73 countries voted for the resolution on Crimea and Sevastopol

The UN General Assembly's human rights committee passed the resolution claiming Crimea peninsula belongs to Ukraine, and Russia is an aggressor that occupied it. Moscow's annexation was not recognized by the UN, and the resolution calls it a "temporary occupation." 73 countries voted for it, 23 - against, Russia and Belarus among them. Moscow called the resolution "Ukraine-sponsored", "one-sided" and "politically motivated".

The United Nations panel has condemned human rights abuses in Crimea and pressed Russia to allow UN monitors to visit the Ukrainian territory it annexed in 2014. UN urged Russia to reverse the decision to ban Crimean Tatars' governing body, Mejlis and allow religious and cultural institutions to reopen.

Read also "Crimea occupation authorities changing demographic and ethnic map of the region"

In December, the resolution will be voted for by the General Assembly.

First resolution on Crimea was passed on March 27, 2014, after Russia orchestrated a so-called referendum. It was controlled by "green men" - military in uniform without insignias. 100 countries supported Ukraine, 11 were against the resolution and 58 - abstained.

As reported, yesterday ICC Prosecutor on Preliminary Examination Activities published annual report, which suggests that the situation within Crimea amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Read also Russia hastily revamps Soviet missile and radar bases in Crimea – Reuters (photo)

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