Two years ago Ukraine face unbelievable aggression and violating the norms of international law, which no one could imagine in 21 st. Today Russian occupation of the Crimean peninsula continue to pose direct threats to not only the norms and standards of the international law. For the second time in modern history, Crimean Tatars were deported. Almost 20,000 Crimean Tatars left their native land and those still residing in Crimea are subject to politically motivated suppressions. 11 Ukrainian citizens are illegally detained in Russia, 7 of whom have already been imprisoned.
These developments are unprecedented and should not be tolerated neither by Ukraine nor by international community. We are alarmed by such trends and do everything possible to stop the aggressor, which stands at Europe’s Eastern doorstep.
Given significant deterioration in the human rights sphere in Crimea, we believe it is essential to initiate a negotiation format on Crimea’s de-occupation. We hope the Australia to be an active participant in this matter.
I call the Ukrainian community not to stand aside as your activity allows to increase public pressure on Russia that are vitally important for the people of the occupied peninsula and the entire world community