On 25 November 2018, Ukrainian naval vessels were attacked by Russian forces as they were departing from the area of the Kerch Strait and moving back into the Black Sea. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that "Russian special forces have taken over some [Ukrainian] ships." Over half a dozen Ukrainian service members have been injured, and up to 20 have been taken captive by Russian forces.

This was a premeditated and deliberate act of aggression against Ukraine by Russia. Once again, Russia continues to flout international law, and this blatant breach demands the strengthening of targeted economic sanctions against the Russian Federation until it fully complies with its international obligations. 
The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB), the largest representative body of British citizens of Ukrainian descent, calls upon the United Kingdom and the international community to voice its strong condemnation of Russia’s latest act of aggression and immediately take the following decisive measures:

1. Call for the emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to condemn Russia’s actions and do everything possible to deter the government of the Russian Federation from further destabilising and invading Ukraine;

2. Demand the withdrawal of covert and overt Russian forces and equipment from Ukraine and compliance with ceasefire agreements;

3. Withdraw Russian president Vladimir Putin's invitation to the 2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit on 30 November – 1 December;

4. Significantly strengthen sanctions - and specifically sectoral sanctions – against the Russian Federation for this latest brazen act of aggression against Ukraine’s sovereignty, including banning Russia from the SWIFT international payments system;

5. Respond to the changes to Ukraine's Constitution regarding the strategic course for obtaining full membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO with increased military and economic support;

6. Demand that Russia immediately releases all Ukrainian prisoners of war as well as over 70 Ukrainian political prisoners illegally jailed in Russian custody.

AUGB Board of Directors
26 November 2018

Ukrayinska Dumka


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