International response

In the seven years since the beginning of the Russian occupation of Crimea, Ukraine has made significant progress in consolidating the international policy of non-recognition of attempted annexation of the peninsula.

International organizations whose competence includes issues of global and regional security, including the UN, the EU, NATO, the Council of Europe, and UNESCO have adopted basic political decisions to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity, condemn the occupation of Crimea, and state the non-recognition of its attempted annexation.

An international coalition of states has been formed within the UN to actively support Ukraine on the Crimea issue, as evidenced by the annual resolutions of the UN General Assembly condemning violations of fundamental human rights in the occupied Crimea and the militarization of the peninsula.

Key international partners of Ukraine, including the EU, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan have adopted Crimean packages of personal and sectoral sanctions against Russia and members of the illegal Crimean occupation administration, which exerts significant political and economic pressure on the occupying power and complicates the occupation regime on the peninsula.

Active work has begun within international courts, including the United Nations International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

We see significant potential in the formation of an international consultative and coordination format on Crimea – the Crimea Platform and in the future international negotiation format on the de-occupation of the peninsula.