Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign Secretary Statement on the fifth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea
Five years ago, Russia illegally annexed the peninsula of Crimea in a blatant land grab from Ukraine.
Russia seized key Parliamentary and Police buildings from the Ukrainian authorities and then ran a sham referendum in an attempt to legitimise its actions.
Once President Putin signed an illegal decree to absorb Crimea into Russia, the Russian authorities ran illegitimate ‘elections’ and imposed Russian citizenship, Russian law and military conscription on everyone living in this part of Ukraine.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday said:
I condemn the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, five years ago. The UK will never recognise Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and we call on Russia to end their illegitimate control of the peninsula and their attempts to redraw the boundaries of Europe. Russia’s pattern of unacceptable behaviour has continued with their supply of weapons and personnel to the conflict it initiated in eastern Ukraine, the illegal construction of a bridge connecting mainland Russia with Crimea, and their relentless attempts to monopolise the Kerch Strait in a campaign intended to undermine Ukraine’s economy and demoralise its citizens.
Russia continues to commit human rights violations beyond its borders by systematically persecuting those who voice their opposition to the illegal annexation of Crimea. I call for the immediate release of all Ukrainian political prisoners, who are being held in Crimea and Russia without access to international monitoring organisations or essential medical treatment. Russia must also immediately release the 24 Ukrainian servicemen, who were detained whilst lawfully attempting to sail through the Kerch Strait.
We join NATO and the EU in condemning Russia’s unjustified use of force on Ukrainian vessels in November last year. The UK, along with our EU and G7 partners, remains unwavering in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Crimea is Ukraine.
- Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook
- Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook
- Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
Latest News from
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Jeremy Hunt celebrates Passover at Westminster Synagogue18/04/2019 16:20:00
The Foreign Secretary visited Westminster Synagogue to mark Passover.
Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan visits Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan18/04/2019 14:10:00
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan has visited Kazakhstan to strengthen the UK-Kazakhstan relationship.
Standing by the people of Sudan18/04/2019 10:10:10
Statement given yesterday by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on Sudan.
Foreign Office Minister visits Uzbekistan17/04/2019 11:10:00
FCO Minister Sir Alan Duncan has visited Tashkent for the second time.
Scottish Secretary Leads Budapest Holocaust March To Commemorate Scottish Missionary16/04/2019 14:10:00
Last weekend [Sunday 14 April] Scottish Secretary David Mundell led thousands of people through the streets of Budapest for the 2019 March of the Living Hungary.
Focusing on children's safety and a need for enhanced political process in Yemen16/04/2019 11:10:00
Statement given yesterday by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on Yemen.
Troika statement on the current unrest in Sudan15/04/2019 16:25:00
The UK, US and Norway yesterday issued a joint statement on the situation in Sudan.
Foreign Office statement on Anfal Memorial Day15/04/2019 14:10:00
Mark Field remembers the many Kurdish people in Iraq killed during Saddam Hussein’s Anfal campaign.