On November 25, 2018, Russian Federation attacked and captured the Ukrainian navy ships «Berdyansk», «Nikopol» and the tugboat «Yana Kapu», as well as wounded and captured members of their crews. The attack on Ukrainian ships was carried out during their sea crossing from Ukrainian port of Odessa to Ukrainian port of Mariupol, in compliance with the provisions of the existing multilateral and bilateral international treaties and navigation rules. Such actions by the Russian Federation are an act of armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, as defined, in particular, in Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations and the provisions of UN General Assembly Resolution 29/3314 of 14 December 1974.
Ukrainian Association of South Africa condemns deliberate Russian military attack on Ukrainian navy and calls the National Assembly of South Africa to join the democratic world in taking all necessary measures to deter the aggressor and to restore hope in International Law.
We, Ukrainians and supporters of Ukraine living in South Africa, call the Republic of South Africa as a non-permanent member to the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019-2020 to condemn this case of Russian Federation aggression against Ukraine in order to protect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within the internationally recognized borders and to demand from Russia immediate release of all detained Ukrainian sailors and vessels.
Ukrainian Association of South Africa (NPO) is a voluntary association supporting cultural, social, academic and economic cooperation between South-Africa and Ukraine. The organisation works country-wide, but has main office in Cape Town.