As stated in the report, the UN experts have collected information in Crimea which is, according to the international law, part of Ukraine. "Since then, HRMMU [Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine] has been
collecting and analysing information on the human rights situation throughout Ukraine,
including in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol" - the report says.
HRMMU has not been provided access to Crimea by Russian Federation authorities since its former Head of Mission accompanied the former Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, on 21-22 March 2014.
HRMMU has monitored the human rights situation in the peninsula from its presence in mainland Ukraine. HRMMU systematically collects and analyzes information gathered through direct interviews and fact-finding missions, including at the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) between mainland Ukraine and Crimea. The report only describes allegations of human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law that OHCHR could verify and corroborate in accordance with its methodology. OHCHR is committed to the protection of its sources and systematically assesses the potential risks of harm and retaliation against them. www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/UA/Crimea2014_2017_EN.pdf,