Ukrainian World Congress Calls for Heightened Russian Sanctions
A statement released on the fifth anniversary of Russia’s invasion and illegal occupation of Crimea
The Ukrainian World Congress is calling on the international community to strengthen economic and political sanctions against the Russian Federation for the illegal annexation of Crimea, a UWC press release states.
Ukrainian Diaspora Representatives believe that it is necessary to create a multilateral de-occupation platform, as well as monitoring missions to collect information on human rights violations and war crimes committed by the Russian troops and their forces in the occupied Crimea and Donbas, the UWC wrote.
“This evidence will be important in future war crimes trials against Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants who are responsible for the murder of over 10,000 people in Ukraine, the bombing of flight MH17, political assassinations of their political opponents in Russia, Ukraine and around the world, chemical weapons attacks in Syria, among many other crimes,” UWC President Paul Grod said.
“Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine around the globe must amplify this effort to raise awareness and maintain international pressure on Russia until it withdraws its troops from the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas,” the statement said.
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