The National Security and Defense of Ukraine (NSDC) has instructed the government of the country to ask the UN to recognize Crimea as a demilitarized zone, NSDC Secretary Andriy Parubiy has said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has been instructed to appeal urgently to the United Nations asking it to recognize the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea a demilitarized zone and take comprehensive measures so that the troops of the Russian Federation should leave the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as well as to prepare an agreement to relocate military units and detachments of the Ukrainian army from the occupied territory of Crimea and redeploy them in mainland Ukraine," he said at a briefing on Wednesday after a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council.