9 years ago, on March 27, 2014, at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, the Resolution on the territorial integrity of Ukraine No. 68/262 was adopted. 100 members of the General Assembly voted for the resolution, 58 abstained, and 11 voted against it.
We remind you that the document refers to the invalidation of the referendum in the Crimea and the support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
What was the importance of this document?
Thus, the Resolution of the UN General Assembly is purely advisory and recommendatory in nature. That is, for non-compliance with this document, the states do not bear any legal responsibility. However, this in no way diminishes the significance of the resolution.
First of all, the adoption of this document in 2014 testified to the clear and firm position of the world community regarding the illegal attempt to annex Crimea by the Russian Federation. The first resolution, like all subsequent ones, states that Crimea is Ukraine, the Ukrainian peninsula is a temporarily occupied territory, and Russia is an occupying state.
It should be noted that since 2014, in addition to the Resolution in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, 7 more resolutions of the UN General Assembly The situation with human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine and 5 resolutions of the UN General Assembly The problem of militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black and Azov Seas. These documents help:
fix the issue of the occupation of Crimea and Russian aggression against Ukraine on the UN agenda;
continue the systemic policy of non-recognition of the attempted annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation;
document the crimes of the Russian Federation;
exercise political pressure on the aggressor state.