Disinfo: The UN mission has unhindered access to the Crimea


The UN mission has unhindered access to Crimea. Since 2014, despite invitations from the Crimean and Russian authorities, no UN representatives have ever visited the peninsula.


After the annexation of Crimea, Russia closed access to the peninsula for any international observers. The UN General Assembly has repeatedly called on the Kremlin to provide free access to the occupied Ukrainian territory in resolutions A/RES/71/205 (2016),  A/RES/72/190 (2017), A/RES/73/263 (2018), A/RES/74/168 (2019).

Also, in numerous reports of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, it was noted that Russia refuses to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law in the Crimea and does not agree to ensure the proper, unhindered access of international monitoring missions to Crimea.

The international community systematically calls on Russia to open access to Crimea for human rights monitoring missions.


  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: United Nations, illegal annexation, Human rights, Occupation, UN, Crimea


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