The UN Human Rights Council expressed concern over the deterioration of the human rights situation in the annexed peninsula during the discussion of the situation in the occupied Crimea, according to report of the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine.

The Ministry recalled that on March 21, 2014, during the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council, an "interactive dialogue on Ukraine took place, during which the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights presented the 21st report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the situation of human rights in Ukraine ".

28 delegations from the UN member states participated in the discussion of the document, as well as the delegations of the EU and the Council of Europe.

Deputy Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergiy Kislitsa noted that decisive actions are necessary to ensure the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution on Ukraine.

“The organization and conduct of illegal voting in the temporarily occupied territory of the ARC and Sevastopol is another attempt by the Kremlin to legitimize the consequences of the aggression against Ukraine, the gross violation of international treaties between Ukraine and Russia, the domestic legislation of Ukraine, the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and UN General Assembly resolutions on Crimea.”

Kislitsa stressed that the results of the elections are invalid and will not be recognized by either Ukraine or the international community.

Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry favored the decision of the Verkhovna Rada to recognize the election of the Russian president as illegitimate only in the territory of the occupied Crimea. The representative of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry noted that in case of declaring the presidential elections illegitimate throughout Russia, all orders of Vladimir Putin will also be recognized by Ukraine as illegitimate.

Previously, France stated that it does not recognize the results of the vote in the presidential elections in Russia in the annexed Crimea. Paris continues to insist on full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders.

Canada also stated it does not recognize the election of the Russian president in the Crimea and condemned their conduct on the annexed territory of Ukraine. On the same day, Germany announced that it would not recognize the results of the voting on March 18.