Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stressed that his country must regain control of its eastern border by the end of December even if full implementation of a February peace deal with Russia is delayed until 2016.
In an effort to revive the Russian empire, Moscow illegally annexed Ukrainian territory of Crimea in March 2014 after “little green men” invaded the region and held a quasi-referendum unrecognized by the international community.
Following the illegal annexation by Russia, the United Nations’ General Assembly passed resolution 68/262 with 100 members supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and denouncing Russia’s actions. Only a small team of 10 U.N. members, most known as anti-American rogue states, supported Russia in breaking international law: Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
Left unanswered, Russian imperialism persisted as Moscow-backed Russian rebels within Ukraine declared two separatist “republics” in the eastern part of the country and launched a war against Ukrainian people. In November 2014, Russia began moving heavy equipment and regular Russian troops into Ukraine violating the international border and instigating a major crisis in Eastern Europe.
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As President Poroshenko rightfully noted in his recent address to the 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly, besides Ukraine, Russia had instigated several separatist conflicts in post-Soviet periphery, including arming Russian rebels in the Transdniestria region of Moldova, Kremlin-backed South Ossetian and Abkhazian rebels in the Republic of Georgia and the Armenian government in its illegal occupation of the Nagorno Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
The U.S. government must provide all of its political and diplomatic support to help our allies Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine restore their territorial integrity and denounce any illegal occupation and violability of international borders.