UNGA adopts Ukraine's resolution on condemnation of Russian aggression

UNGA adopts Ukraine's resolution on condemnation of Russian aggression
The UN General Assembly supported the resolution “On the issue of militarization of Crimea Autonomous Republic and Sevastopol (Ukraine), and parts of Black and Azov seas.” The event was broadcasted on the UN website.
66 voted "for," 19 were "against," while 72 abstained.
The resolution urges Russia to withdraw its forces from Crimea, stop illegal annexation of Ukraine’s territory. Besides, the resolution condemns the build-up of Russia’s military presence in Black and Azov seas, as the Ukrainian mission to the UN reported on Twitter.

The main elements of the resolution are:
- Stresses that the presence of Russian troops in Crimea violates the national sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine and undermines security and stability of the neighboring states and region of Europe;
- Expresses concern about progressive militarization of Crimea by Russia as an occupant state;
- Expresses its concern due to continues actions of Russia in some areas of Black Sea and Sea of Azov, including its militarization, which creates additional threats for Ukraine and undermines the stability of the wider region;
- Expresses its main concern about dangerous conflict escalation and unjustified use of Russia’s forces against Ukraine on November 25, 2018, in Black Sea, urges Russia to immediately release the vessels, crews, and equipment;
- Urges Russia to refrain from impeding legal implementation of navigation rights and freedoms in Black and Azov seas and Kerch Strait;
- Condemns the construction and opening of a bridge over the Kerch Strait between Russia and temporarily occupied Crimea and condemns increasing military presence of Russia in parts of Black and Azov seas including in the Kerch Strait and Russia’s suppressions against commercial vessels and restriction of the international shipping there;
- Urges Russia as an occupant state to withdraw armed forces from Crimea and stop temporary occupation of Ukraine’s territory.
The resolution on militarization opens a new direction of countering Russian aggression in Crimea and Black and Azov seas.

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