Ankara, 16 March 2020
On March 16, 2014, the Russian Federation held a so-called "referendum" in the Crimea, intending to change the native status of the peninsula. Two weeks before this sham "referendum" was held, the Russian Armed Forces had actually invaded the Crimea.
Holding of the so-called "referendum" was a direct consequence of the use of force by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which created a significant danger precedent to Ukraine's territorial integrity and also international peace and security.
The unlawful acts of armed aggression, so-called "referendum" and occupation committed by Russia are gross violations of commonly accepted principles and norms of international law. Thus, any activity carried out by the Russian Federation on the territory of the temporarily occupied peninsula is illegitimate and is not recognized by the Ukrainian side.
Modern international law derives from the unlawfulness of the acquisition of the territory of a state by another state in a result of the threat of force or its use, or by any other illegal means. Due to this, Russia's actions against Ukraine are contrary to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international law.
The Ukrainian side considers it necessary to stress the corresponding obligation of all members of the world community not to recognize the change of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol caused by the armed aggression of Russia, which is reflected, in particular, in the UNGA resolution 68/262 "Territorial integrity of Ukraine".
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, were and remain an integral part of the territory of Ukraine. Our State will never recognize this occupation and will take all legal measures to restore its sovereign right in the territory of its Peninsula.