Ukraine's envoy accuses Russia of "stockpile of violations of international commitments"

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Yurii Klymenko. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

The annexation of Crimea by Russia has been described by a Ukrainian envoy as "unlawful" and part of a "stockpile of violations of international commitments".

Ukraine's Ambassador to the Untied Nations in Geneva, Yurii Klymenko spoke to reporters in Geneva following a briefing to United Nations diplomats on Thursday.

Ambassador Klymenko characterized the outcome of Sunday's referendum and the proclamation of Crimea's independence as illegitimate.

"Signing of the treaty on Crimea's accession to Russia on March 18th has just added to the stockpile of violations of the international commitments. No territorial acquisition resulting from the threat or use of force shall be recognized as legal under the UN Charter and the UN declaration on Principles of International Law of 1970."(24")

Ambassador Klymenko said neither Ukraine nor the civilized international community will ever recognize what he called "a travesty that brought the world on the brink of a conflict in the centre of Europe".

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Russia to meet with government officials including President Vladimir Putin before going to Ukraine on Friday.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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