The United States calls on Russia to stop violating human rights and freedoms in the occupied Crimea, as well as to cease its campaign of conscription of Crimeans into the Russian army.
“On International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we call on Russia to end its abuses of fundamental freedoms in Crimea,” the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine posted on Facebook.
The embassy also called for the release of Ukrainians who were illegally imprisoned by Russia in retaliation for their peaceful dissent, as well as an end to the campaign of conscription of Crimeans into Russia’s armed forces.
The United Nations (UN) observes the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 each year.
As reported, six non-EU countries aligned with the European Council’s decision to extend sanctions against Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol.
Among them were the Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries Iceland and Norway, as well as Ukraine and Georgia.