Poland does not recognize the annexation of the Crimea by Russia and maintains a firm position of supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine. A corresponding statement was published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
The statement of the Polish department is timed to the third anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula.
“Three years ago the Russian armed forces began to seize the Crimea. Illegal "referendum" was held under guns, and on March 18 it was announced that the Crimea became part of the Russian Federation. Poland does not recognize the so-called annexation of the Crimea and staunchly supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its borders recognized under international law.”
The Polish Foreign Ministry noted that due to the lack of the possibility for international human rights organizations to work in the occupied Crimea, the peninsula is turning into a "zone of lawlessness in the heart of Europe".
“The lack of opportunity for the UN, OSCE and Council of Europe structures to work in the Crimea led to the formation of an "informal lawless zone" in the heart of Europe.”
Earlier, QHA reported that the international human rights organization Freedom House published a detailed report on the observance of human rights in the occupied Crimea.
In the report Crimea was called "non- free territory" with a general indicator of respect for human rights of 9 points out of 100. And the "equality before justice" in Crimea was estimated at 0 points out of 16.