The conflict in Ukraine is not limited to Donbas but also concerns the occupation of Crimea - US Permanent Representative to the OSCE
Russia's conflict in Ukraine concerns not only Donbas but also the occupation of Crimea.
It was stated at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council by the US representative to the OSCE James Gilmore, Ukrinform reports.
"The conflict in Ukraine is not limited to Donbas. In Crimea, the Russian occupation authorities continue to harass, persecute and arrest activists, journalists and members of civil society simply for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly or freedom of expression or religion", - he informed.
Gilmore also condemned Russia's militarization of the Crimean peninsula and politically motivated persecution and arrests in the occupied Crimea.
"As we approach the Council of Ministers next week, we reaffirm that Crimea is Ukraine. The United States views Russia's occupation of Crimea, backed by a fictitious referendum, as a key element of its ongoing aggression against its sovereign neighbour", - he announced.
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