ANY BOGUS AFFAIRS WITH THE STATE PROPERTY OF UKRAINE BY THE OCCUPYING AUTHORITY IN THE OCCUPIED CRIMEA ARE LEGALLY NULL AND VOID
The occupying authorities of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied Crimea are again trying to dispose the state-owned property of Ukraine; the Russian occupation regime has announced its intention to sell the Ukrainian factory of vintage wines and cognacs "Koktebel" at so-called "auction". With a similar approach the illegal deal with the property complex of the State Concern National Production and Agricultural Association "Masandra" occurred last year.
"On April 26, the Russian occupation authorities are planning to hold a so-called "auction" in Crimea, as a result of which the factory "Koktebel" is planned to be illegally transferred into private hands, as it happened with the State Concern "Masandra". These two enterprises are the property of the state of Ukraine, are part of our cultural heritage, a unique collection of wines, recipes and longstanding legacy of the Ukrainian people. Any machinations and bogus affairs from the side of occupying state are legally null and void. The Russian Federation simply destroys everything Ukrainian on the occupied Peninsula. From discrimination and persecution on religious and political grounds to the theft and destruction of Ukrainian property. As in the case of "Masandra" this is another reason to impose new sanctions and strengthen existing ones, inter alia those from the side of international community," emphasized Deputy Minister Ihor Yaremenko.
Ihor Yaremenko recalled that in its recent resolutions, the UN General Assembly called on all UN member states and relevant international organizations that cooperate with the UN to refrain from any actions or cooperation with the Russian Federation on Crimea, and also recognized the illegal establishment of Russian jurisdiction and administration in Crimea.
"The resolutions of the UNGA separately read that the bodies and officials of the Russian Federation, established in the temporarily occupied Crimea are illegal, and they should only be called "occupying authority of the Russian Federation", and also highlighted the destructive activities of the occupying state, accompanied by expropriation of land, demolition of houses, depletion of natural and agricultural resources, which adversely affect and contribute to change of the economic and demographic structure of Crimea," recalled Ihor Yaremenko.
According to him, the Russian Federation continues to flagrantly violate all international doctrines, continues to commit crimes that began with the occupation of the Ukrainian Peninsula and the so-called "nationalization" by the occupying authorities in 2014. "All those who will participate in this mock auction are violating the law and will certainly be prosecuted."
The Ministry for Reintegration of TOT will take appropriate measures against the persons/entities connected with the illegal auction:
1) initiate national sanctions;
2) initiate court prosecution, inter alia international courts;
3) address international partners with the request of inclusion of the persons/entities into sanction lists.
Let us recall that in December 2020, with its majority, the UN General Assembly has approved the resolution "Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine".
The resolution states that the Russian Federation discriminates against the residents of the Peninsula, including Crimean Tatars, as well as Ukrainians and persons who belong to other ethnic and religious groups. The UNGA condemned human rights violations in the occupied Crimea, the attempted annexation and temporary occupation of the Peninsula by Russia.
The UNGA also adopted a resolution "Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov". The General Assembly condemns the ongoing temporary occupation by the Russian Federation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and reaffirms non-recognition of its annexation.
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