Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding the “decision on inclusion” of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol into Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation

MIL OSI – Source: Government of Ukraine – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding the “decision on inclusion” of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol into Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses
its strongest protest against the decision on inclusion of the
temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and
the city of Sevastopol into the Southern Federal District of the Russian
Federation.

This decision is null and void and neither creates any legal
consequences nor affects the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and
the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as internationally recognized borders
of Ukraine.

The state-occupant continues to blatantly neglect the UN
Charter, the UN General Assembly Resolution A/Res/68/262 Territorial integrity
of Ukraine, Helsinki Final Act of 1975, Memorandum on Security Assurances in
Connection with Ukraines Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of
Nuclear Weapons, its obligations under the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation
and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of 1997 and other
norms of international law.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls time and
again upon the Russian Federation to return to the implementation of its
international obligations, to put an end to the aggression and illegal
occupation of the part of sovereign territory of Ukraine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has sent the
relevant note verbal to the Russian side with respect to the mentioned
decision.