UK: "We stand in solidarity with Ukraine in reminding Russia and the world that Crimea is Ukraine."

The British government has reiterated it position that it "does not and will not" recognise voting on amendments to the Russian constitution in the territory of the occupied Crimea.

“Russia’s use of Crimea for voting on amendments to the Russian constitution is unacceptable. The UK does not and will not recognise such voting on sovereign Ukrainian territory. We stand in solidarity with Ukraine in reminding Russia and the world that Crimea is Ukraine,” the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Ukraine posted on Twitter.

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In March, on the sixth anniversary of the illegal annexation, Her Majesty's government repeated its calls for Russia to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, withdraw its military forces, and end its unlawful control of the peninsula.

It also announced that having left the EU, the UK is developing its own sanctions policy against Russia, ensuring it will continue to play a leading role in international sanctions now that it has left the EU.

The UK will never recognise Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. We stand with the international community in our unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will continue to be a force for good in the world by supporting human rights defenders and monitors to expose Russia’s regime of human rights violations in Crimea.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

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