Ukrainian Foreign Ministry condemned archaeological excavations in the occupied Crimea

October 22, 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemned the illegal archaeological excavations in the occupied Crimea, carried out within the framework of the so-called Crimean War project in Sevastopol. The press service of the department reported about this.

“In accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of May 14, 1954, the Russian Federation, as an occupying state, must respect cultural property located in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, and also take the necessary measures to preserve them”,- the statement said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands that Russia stop all illegal archaeological excavations and earthworks on the territory of the Alma Valley and in the city of Sevastopol, and also ensure proper treatment of the entire Ukrainian historical and cultural heritage on the territory of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, in particular with regard to the strict fulfillment of Russia's obligations under a right in international law.