March 17, 2016
Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on “Crimea Was, Is, and Will Remain Part of Ukraine,” at an Event on the Second Anniversary of the Adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution, “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”
Thanks to all the colleagues who have come out for this very important event. It has been more than two years since Russia held its sham referendum in Crimea in an attempt to legitimize its occupation of a part of sovereign Ukraine – a sovereign UN Member State. It has been nearly two years since 100 Member States of the United Nations General Assembly, including the United States, adopted a resolution affirming our shared commitment to “the sovereignty, political independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” and underscoring that the referendum, “having no validity,” should not be recognized.