Ukraine informed the UN Secretary General about the situation in the occupied Crimea

June 17, 2020

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UN Sergiy Kyslytsya sent an official letter to the UN Secretary General, in which he stressed that the Russian Federation continues to ignore international law and conduct its artificial campaign of forced passportization. It is reported by the Ukrinform media agency.

“The Russian occupation administration in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, continues its artificial campaign of forced passportization, which is an element of the repressive policy of the aggressor state against citizens of Ukraine who are forced to live under occupation," the document says.

The letter emphasizes that forcing residents of the peninsula to obtain Russian citizenship is “a deliberate and cynical element of systematic pressure on Ukrainian citizens.” The absence of a Russian passport often becomes the basis for forced deportation and a ban on entry into the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

“We hope that consistent attention to these illegal actions of the Russian Federation and their negative consequences for the realization of the rights of residents of the temporarily occupied peninsula will be presented along with relevant recommendations in your specialized thematic reports on Crimea in accordance with the resolutions of the UN General Assembly”,- the statement emphasizes.