OSCE Secretariat: During the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation that was held in Vienna, Austria, European Union made a statement about the situation in and around Ukraine. In it’s statement, EU urged countries to find the solution to end this ongoing conflict in Ukraine:” The conflict, which started six years ago as a consequence of acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces, remains a bleeding wound on the European continent with the human toll already exceeding 13.000 lives. The urgency to find an end to this conflict is obvious.”
EU recalls the unwavering support to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and independence of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders and call upon Russia to do likewise. Also European Union urges Russia to recognise these fundamental principles that it has itself invoked many times and to contribute, by acts and public pronouncements, to stabilising the situation and reversing moves that contravene these principles. EU condemned the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014 and the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation: “We continue to call on Russia to ensure unhindered and free passage to and from the Sea of Azov in accordance with international law. We express our deep concern about the ongoing large-scale militarisation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia, which continues to impact the security situation in the Black Sea region and beyond. ” -reads the EU Statement on the Security Situation in and around Ukraine.