NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that the Western alliance, and not Moscow, would decide whether Ukraine joins in the future.
– Norway is seriously concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in and around Ukraine. Norway calls on Russia to reduce tension by immediately reversing its military deployments, and by using its influence on the armed formations it backs to curb the ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, says Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.
On the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, an international public campaign entitled 'CRIME (A)' has been launched. NGOs have come together to draw the attention of people around the world to Russia's crimes in occupied Crimea.
NGOs have published the Manifesto on Russia's crimes in Crimea and are inviting everyone to support it.
"Until the last Russian soldier leaves the Ukrainian peninsula, the world community must understand that the occupation of Crimea is Russia's crime. A crime that cannot be silenced and that cannot go unpunished,"- reads the manifesto of the campaign.
All citizens, organizations and companies around the world are invited to join the campaign by:
- sharing information about the CRIME (A) campaign on social networks by using the hashtag #CRIME_A;
- posting on social media the image of your name, or the name of your company, and omitting the letter 'A' to draw attention to the campaign (e.g. Martin-Mrtin, Halyna-Hlyn)
The campaign is aimed not only at Ukrainian citizens but also the international community.
The campaign is supported by a dedicated Crimea.support website which is available in both Ukrainian and English languages.
The campaign is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the foreign diplomatic missions of Ukraine around the world.
"Every day Ukrainian diplomats ensure that the international spotlight remains on Crimea. This is why we have joined this important campaign without hesitation. In my opinion, it will help to tell the world about Russia's crimes in a new, informal, creative and comprehensive way. Not only diplomats and governments, but also ordinary citizens of other countries can discuss the topic. It is important because Russia's crimes pose a clear and present danger not only to us, but also to other states and their citizens"- said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
The creative idea and visual identity of this project has been developed by the creative agency Banda. All contributions to the project have been complimentary.
The partners of the project include:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
- Ukrainian Institute
- Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people
- Crimean Human Rights Group
- Crimea SOS
- Media Initiative on Human Rights
Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol
We have today send this positive answer to The National Heritage Board in Norway:
During the Cold War, refugees from communist regimes were welcomed with open arms to the western countries, and until the mid-1970s were quickly assigned work and housing. One of the very first refugees was a freedom fighter from Ukraine. The paradox is that today Ukraine has an enormous need for protection of civilians due to Russia's bullets and bombs in recent years, which have claimed nearly 15,000 lives in eastern Ukraine.