Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding visits to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol
With regard to the cases of violations by foreigners of the procedure for entry to the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine once again emphasizes that foreigners and stateless persons may enter the occupied Crimea strictly in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine, norms of international law and the UN General Assembly resolution 68/262 of 27 March, 2014 «Territorial integrity of Ukraine».
Foreigners and stateless persons are allowed to enter the temporarily occupied territory and exit from it by presentation of a special permission of the competent authorities of Ukraine at the control points of entry and exit.
The legal regime to enter and exit the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, provided for by the legislation of Ukraine, will be in force until the sovereignty of Ukraine is fully restored over the temporarily occupied territory.
Disregard for Ukraine’s legislation while visiting temporarily occupied territory of Crimea is considered by the Ukrainian side as a deliberate connivance of the Russian Federation as a state-aggressor and the occupying power, as well as disrespect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
We once again urge all foreigners to strictly abide by the Ukrainian legislation and norms of international law. Ukraine will adequately respond to any facts of violations of the established procedure and bring those responsible to account, including through application of restrictions according to Ukraine’s legislation, in particular bans to enter the territory of Ukraine.