Official position of UHHRU on Crimean issue

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (the UHHRU) vindicates the internationally recognized position on the illegitimacy of the so-called "referendum" on incorporating Crimea to the Russian Federation (RF) and further non-recognizing of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula to the RF.

We condemn any attempt to legitimize the annexation of Crimea under the guise of the will of the people and emphasize that so-called “general support” of the population of Crimea of the unrecognized "referendum" is a product of informational propaganda of the RF.

The UHHRU believes that the appearance of unanimous support was the result of a deliberate policy of the RF in the occupied Crimean peninsula aimed at ignoring, intimidation and political persecution by the occupation authorities of pro-Ukrainian citizens.

Our organization does and will provide legal assistance to victims of such harassment, including in international bodies.

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