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Association of Lawyers of Ukraine ready to provide legal support in counteracting armed aggression of Russia

KYIV. Jan 27 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ukrainian Bar Association is concerned about violations of international law by Russia and is ready to cooperate with the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada and the Cabinet of Ministers to provide legal support in counteracting Russia’s armed aggression and defending sovereignty.

“The Ukrainian Bar Association issued a statement expressing concern that the Russian Federation constantly and systematically violates the principles and norms of international law guaranteeing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as an independent state, as well as international human rights instruments,” the statement posted on Wednesday on the website of the Association said.

The report notes that since 2014, the Russian Federation, contrary to international law, has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol and part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.

“This is a violation of imperative norms of international law and armed aggression against Ukraine. The illegality of Russia’s actions at the international level is confirmed by resolutions of universal and regional organizations, statements of states supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and trials in international courts,” the statement said.

The Association emphasizes that the possibility of military invasion of Ukraine is used by the Russian Federation “as a means of influencing the domestic and foreign policy of Ukraine and the policy of international organizations in relation to Ukraine.”

The report notes that international law prohibits aggression, and Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are secured and guaranteed by a number of international treaties, including the Declaration of Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Final Act), Memorandum of Security Guarantees in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (Budapest Memorandum) and other treaties.

“Any interference by Russia in Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy, in particular with regard to Ukraine’s membership in the EU and NATO, is unacceptable. The Crimean Peninsula, Donetsk and Luhansk regions are integral parts of Ukraine and their ‘recognition’ by the Russian Federation is considered by the legal community as another violation of international law,” the statement said.

In this context, the Ukrainian Bar Association offers legal assistance to counter armed aggression and protect Ukraine’s sovereignty.

“The Association is ready to cooperate with the Verkhovna Rada, the Government and the President of Ukraine, international organizations and diplomatic institutions to provide any legal support, legal expertise or legal support of trials in international judicial institutions necessary to counter Russian armed aggression and protect sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Ukrainian Bar Association said.