During his speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 26 in New York ,President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of trying to occupy the Azov Sea.
“After the occupation of the Crimea, [Russia wants] to occupy the Azov Sea. They illegally built a bridge across the Kerch Strait,” stated the President of Ukraine.
Poroshenko said that Russia hinders the navigation of Ukrainian and international vessels in the region. “Such illegal and serious violations must be stopped, including within the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. They must receive a decisive response, including the strengthening of the sanctions policy,” said the President of Ukraine.
According to Poroshenko, the Russian military operation in the Donbas continues to lead to new deaths. “Right now, while I'm speaking here, another distressing report was delivered that a person was killed in the war that our country is waging with one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council,” stated Poroshenko.
He emphasized that Russia's aggression would not stop in Ukraine. “Your silence is what the Kremlin desires. What Russia uses in the war with Ukraine, it will use in the war with all of us as a result,” the Ukrainian president said to the international community.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May criticized Russia from the UN rostrum. She accused Russia of the “unceremonious” violation of several international norms, particularly the occupation of sovereign territories and the use of chemical weapons in the UK.