Since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea, Russia has multiplied its military presence on the Ukrainian peninsula, ukrinform.net reported.
“Over the past seven years, the Russian military presence on the peninsula has more than doubled,” Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said at the United Nations Security Council high-level Arria-formula meeting on Crimea on March 12. As the minister noted, Russia’s subversive policy is aimed both at legitimizing the attempt to annex the peninsula, consolidate the status quo and at “projecting its military power from Crimea to the entire Azov-Black Sea region and the Mediterranean Sea.”
Kuleba also drew attention to other negative trends in the occupied Crimea, including changes in the demographic structure, large-scale human rights violations, political persecution and harassment of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar communities.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine pointed out the barbaric treatment and looting of UNESCO World Heritage sites and cultural sites on the temporarily occupied peninsula.