The European Union in 2018 will support all initiatives of the United Nations concerning the occupied Crimea, and will also facilitate attempts to send humanitarian assistance to residents of the territories of the Donbas region that are not controlled by the Ukrainian government, according to the document on the priorities of the EU policy in the UN for 2018, which was adopted on February 26 in Brussels.  

The EU Secretary General in the United Nations suggested that the protection of human rights should be brought to the highest level, since 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

“The EU reaffirms its position that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated," the EU document says.

The EU called on governments to "ensure an independent and transparent investigation into the disappearance and extrajudicial executions, ensuring appropriate punishment for those responsible for it, and expressed concern about such cases in the illegally annexed Crimea and the uncontrolled territories of Ukraine, in the Russian Federation, the Philippines, Pakistan, Burundi, Venezuela and other countries."

QHA reported that on February 26, 2018, Ukraine began a three-year membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN). President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the priority of the Ukrainian delegation will be the protection of human rights throughout the world, including the temporarily occupied Crimea and the Donbas.