IUBCCI's position in regards to Russia's on-going aggression against Ukraine and illegal occupation of Crimea

Whereas on November 21st, 2016 Ukraine marked the National Day of Dignity and Freedom, national holiday, celebrated annually, that commemorates the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013 Euromaidan protests.

Whereas today, almost three years have passed since the occupation of Crimea by Russia, and as stated at the Ukrainian World Congress, “unidentified armed people, so-called <<green men>>, captured and blocked the parliament and Cabinet of Ministers of the Autonomous republic of Crimea, the airports and other important infrastructure objects of the Peninsula.”

Whereas the latest reports from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, based on information received as of November 25th, 2016, show that the situation in Ukraine in terms of security has been deteriorating as ceasefire violations in Donetsk region did not stop.

Whereas few days before the above mentioned report, the SMM's report from November 16th, showed that in Luhansk region, there were more ceasefire violations compared with none recorded in the previous reporting period.

Whereas on November 24th, the Delegation of Ukraine to the 1120th meeting of the Permanent Council asserted in its Statement on 'Russia’s on-going aggression against Ukraine and illegal occupation of Crimea' that "the level of violence increased as the combined Russian-separatist forces maintain unabated their armed provocations against the Ukrainian servicemen and the civilian population. The fluctuations and decrease in hostilities, registered by the Mission on certain days, remains rather an exception, which can hardly give rise to optimism."

Whereas on November 25th, The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi has appealed to all parties involved in the conflict in Ukraine to improve freedom of movement at check points for people living near the line of contact and to allow humanitarian aid to reach hundreds of thousands of people affected by conflict in government and non-government controlled areas.

Whereas the continued violation by Russia of the international norms that are set in the global order, and the increase of its military capability instead of jointly participating in forming an effective economic environment, could result in future negative consequences for the sustainable development of all countries in the region.

Whereas the economic sanctions against Russia have proved to be one of the most effective mechanisms to deter external aggression by Russia and affects its ability to enhance military actions against Ukraine and other countries.

Now, therefore,

International Union of Bilateral Chambers of Commerce and Industry
joins the international community which condemns in the strongest terms Russia’s continuing military aggression in eastern Ukraine,

And kindly requests world leaders to support Ukraine's position in international organizations on the continuation and strengthening of economic sanctions against Russia, until Russia's full compliance with the international obligations, the cessation of military aggression against Ukraine and the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders.