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Ukraine's MFA expresses protest over Russian PM Medvedev's visit to occupied Crimea

The Foreign Ministry emphasizes that Russia's attempts to interpret such visits as interstate are insignificant
18:46, 28 July 2019
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed a strong protest in connection with the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Crimea and Sevastopol, temporarily occupied by Russia. The visit was not conducted from the Ukrainian side, as stated on the website of the Foreign Ministry.

"This trip is taking place despite repeated warnings from Ukraine. The goal of the “visit” - participation in the parade of the occupying fleet of Russia - is cynical," read the message.
 
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The Foreign Ministry also stressed that Russia's attempts to interpret such "visits" to Ukraine as domestic travel are insignificant and indicate a frank disregard for generally accepted principles and norms of international law.

We recall, Dmitry Medvedev began a "working trip" to the occupied peninsula. In particular, he plans to attend a parade of ships and a military sports festival in honor of the Day of the Russian Navy.
 
Earlier, Ukraine urged countries of the European Union to impose new sanctions against Russia due to its aggression in the Sea of Azov as Iryna Lutsenko, former representative of ex-president Poroshenko at the Verkhovna Rada, reported on Facebook.

“We urge the EU countries to impose the additional sanctions against Russia for the violation of the norms of the navigation in the high seas, attack at our vessels, injuries of our soldiers,” Lutsenko noted.

The coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

Kyiv demands from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them are in the critical condition.

 
 
 
 
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