Ukraine will not abandon its people behind new iron curtain of Russian occupation in Crimea, - Poroshenko

Ukraine will not leave behind its compatriots in Russia-occupied Crimea.

This was announced by President Petro Poroshenko during annual Christmas and New Year meeting with foreign ambassadors accredited in Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the head of state.

"I would like to be very clear here: we shall not abandon our citizens in Crimea, which has been turned into a militarized peninsular of no freedom and a concentration camp for Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. We shall not leave our people behind a new iron curtain of the Russian occupation. As from today, we open a new international legal frontline against Russia as a state that supports terrorism and discriminates Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian population in the occupied Crimea," the president said.

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Poroshenko stressed that the price for Russia for its brutal violation of norms and principles of the international law shall keep increasing.

"Upon my instructions, earlier today the Foreign Ministry has officially filed a claim at the International Court of Justice in The Hague in order to defend the rights and legal interests of the people of Ukraine and to reimburse the damage, cast by Moscow's unlawful acts," Poroshenko said.

Jan. 16, Ukraine filed a case in the International Court of Justice to hold the Russian Federation accountable for acts of terrorism and discrimination in the course of its unlawful aggression against Ukraine. The case has been filed under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n423556