Comment of President: Russia’s accusing Ukraine of terrorism in occupied Crimea is absurd and cynical
Russian accusations that Ukraine launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as its claims there is no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.
These fantasies pursue the only goal: a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine.
Ukraine resolutely condemns terrorism in all its forms and shapes. We would never ever use terror to de-occupy Crimea.
Russia provides money and arms to support terrorism in Ukraine. It became a state-led policy on the occupied areas of Crimea and eastern Ukraine that resembles the Soviet Great Terror.
Russia will fail to undermine Ukraine’s reputation on the international arena and press for lifting sanctions with such provocative acts.
I urge Russian authorities to honor the international law, especially respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity of states and human rights.
I expect Russia will implement security clauses of Minsk accords including via Normandy Four procedures.
Ukraine is devoted to restore its sovereignty and territorial integrity exclusively through political and diplomatic means. That includes de-occupation of Crimea.