Ukraine Condemns Parliament Election Held in Russian Occupied Territory of Georgia
The 'election' was held on June 9, 2019 in Tskhinvali region of Georgia
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“Ukraine regards this step as another attempt of Russia and its occupying regime to legitimize the situation in this occupied territory of Georgia, including as a result of ‘ethnic cleansing’ and other numerous systematic gross violations of human rights,” reads the Ministry’s statement as reported by Ukrinform.
The Foreign Ministry underscores that Ukraine supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and the peaceful attempts of the Georgian government to reconcile Georgians with Ossetians, including the “Step to Better Future” initiative.
Tskhinvali region and Abkhazia were officially declared as occupied territory of Georgia after the hostilities between Russia and Georgia in August 2008, which ended with Moscow’s recognition of self-proclaimed states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.