aA
Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, the Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday.
Lithuanian Foreign Ministry states support to Ukraine's sovereignty one year after Crimea disturbances
© Reuters/Scanpix

According to the press release, the Russian Federation's military aggression launched a year ago in Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea and now continuing in eastern Ukraine, is "a blatant violation of international law" including the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and other international agreements, as well as Russian and Ukrainian bilateral agreements.

"Such targeted military actions not only break bilateral and multilateral agreements on Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity assurance, but also pose a threat to the security and stability throughout Europe," said the ministry.

Lithuania, which shares close historical connections with the Tatar community and fosters Tatar rights and freedoms in its territory, has also strongly condemned the systematic human rights violations, in particular in respect of the Crimean Tatars, in the illegally annexed Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

"We express our concern at the increase of restrictions of the media in Crimea. We urge to allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights monitoring mission in Crimea to objectively assess the human rights violations by the occupying authorities. Once again, we call on the Russian Federation to cease the illegal annexation of the Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea and withdraw its military forces from the territory of Ukraine, comply with international law and respect human rights."

On 27 February last year, the first governmental building in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was seized in the Crimean peninsula. Less than a month later, a referendum was held without participation of international observers and later condemned by the international community that subsequently led to the annexation of Crimea.

In April 2014, a war between Ukraine's governmental forces and Russia-supported separatists broke out in eastern Ukraine, claiming about 5,700 lives so far, according to data provided by the UN.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Only 1 new coronavirus case

On Monday, only 1 new COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Lithuania. In total, Lithuania has already...

Rzeczpospolita editor: Polish president sees Nauseda as his personal ally

Polish President Andrzej Duda regards Lithuania as a strategic partner and considers President...

Minister: facemasks to become mandatory again if coronavirus cases spike

The Lithuanian government would consider making facemasks mandatory in public again if coronavirus...

Lithuania sends medical supply to US for combating COVID-19 pandemic

On 15 July, Lithuania will send essential medical supplies for combating the coronavirus disease...

Nauseda congratulates Duda on re-election

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Monday congratulated Polish President Andrzej Duda on his...

Top news

Rzeczpospolita editor: Polish president sees Nauseda as his personal ally

Polish President Andrzej Duda regards Lithuania as a strategic partner and considers President...

Zalgiris Kaunas names Austria's Schiller as head coach

Zalgiris Kaunas has named Martin Schiller , a 38-year-old Austrian specialist, as its head coach,...

Minister: facemasks to become mandatory again if coronavirus cases spike

The Lithuanian government would consider making facemasks mandatory in public again if coronavirus...

Only 1 new coronavirus case

On Monday, only 1 new COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Lithuania. In total, Lithuania has already...

Polish voters in Vilnius support Trzaskowski by large margin

A large majority of Polish citizens who cast their votes in Vilnius in Poland 's presidential...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina