Developments in Ukraine, March 8, 2014
Ukraine is under attack – blatant and unprovoked. The Crimean peninsula, an integral part of Ukraine, is being occupied by foreign troops.
Fully armed military personnel stream in thousands on Ukrainian territory.
They use military vehicles with foreign license-plates.
They use foreign uniforms and foreign military equipment.
It is an act of aggression.
It is an act of violation of all thinkable international conventions.
The legitimate government of Crimea was violently removed from power.
A man with criminal background was installed as a puppet prime-minister.
Being aware that their time is short-lived, the criminal junta called out a referendum that is to be conducted within 10 days.
There is no doubt about the “results” to be achieved at gunpoint of the aggressor and in violation of Ukrainian and international laws.
In this extraordinary situation it is necessary to make a number of points.
(a) Crimea is Ukraine.
We won’t accept any kind of staged “referendum” under the guns of an aggressor.
We will never give up on Crimea and never put up with this kind of violent behavior.
(b) We urge the world not to budge to pressure of the aggressor who broke its signature under fundamental international agreements.
If this can be done to Ukraine – anything can be done to anyone.
If this is allowed to happen – there are no rules and no laws.
(c) We appeal to Russia.
Don’t destroy the bounds that connect our peoples!
Don’t create another hotbed of tension in your surroundings!
We are not the enemies of Russia.
We don’t want to be the enemies of Russia.
There is still a chance to stop this .
Ukraine is ready to talk.
Ukraine is ready to involve international negotiators.
But there is one thing for which Ukraine will never be ready – to give in to aggression.
We will never budge. We will never compromise our sovereignty.
And we appeal to the world – support us in this, in your words and in your deeds.
Don’t be silent.
Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for you.
For it’s not only about Ukraine.
It’s about the rules the world abides by.
The decisions you make today will shape the world in which we live tomorrow.
Ukrainian Crimea is the only thing that separates us from a world based on lawlessness.