The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine protested against the uncoordinated visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula.

Yesterday, November 4, the president of the occupying country visited the city of Sevastopol in the temporarily occupied Crimea. This trip is dedicated to the “Day of People’s Unity”, which was celebrated in Russia.

After laying flowers at the memorial dedicated to the “end of the Russian Civil War of 1918-1920”, Putin said that the temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol will forever remain with the Russian Federation, which has gained historical unity.

On the same day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine issued a statement on the uncoordinated visit of the President of Russia to the temporarily occupied Crimea. The Ministry stated that the trip took place despite repeated warnings from the Ukrainian side.

“We consider this visit, as well as other uncoordinated trips of Russian officials to the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula, as a gross violation by Russia of Ukraine’s sovereignty, norms of international law, UN General Assembly resolutions, Russia’s obligations under treaties to which Ukraine and Russia are parties,” noted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ukraine called on the occupying country to return to fulfilling its international legal obligations. Also stop the ongoing repression, abductions and killings, release Ukrainians detained and focus on a political and diplomatic solution to the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.