Ukraine Protests Militarization of Occupied Crimea
Russian President Vladimir Putin made an uncoordinated visit to the occupied peninsula
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed a strong protest over the uncoordinated visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, specifically Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
“Crimea and city of Sevastopol are the integral part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine, and no visits of Russian officials will change their status which is enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine and recognized by the international community,” reads the statement of the Foreign Ministry released on January 10, 2020, reports Ukrinform.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine underscores that the exercises of the Northern and Black Sea Fleets of the Russian Federation off the coast of the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula are illegal.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers that the militarization of the Crimean peninsula poses a serious threat to European security,” the statement emphasizes.
On January 9, 2020, Ukraine submitted a note of protest to the Russian side in connection with the uncoordinated visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to temporarily occupied Crimea.