On 26 February Heiko Maas, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, tighted in his official statement the Russian invasion to Crimea and the beginning the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as events that started seven years ago. President of the Committee of Ministers, reaffirmed Committee’s unequivocal and unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.

Heiko Maas pointed on the impotance of the quite recent milestone European Court of Human Rights’ decision in case “Ukraine v. Russia” regarding Crimea. He called on Russia to fully comply with international humanitarian law and international human rights standards, including by granting unimpeded access to regional and international human rights monitoring mechanisms, as well as non-governmental human rights organisations, to Crimea and Sevastopol [1].

1. https://www.coe.int/en/web/kyiv/-/seventh-anniversary-of-annexation-of-crimea-by-russia