Sweden does not, and will not, recognise Russia’s illegal annexations of Ukrainian territory
Today, Russia announced its intention of illegally annexing the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia
Sweden strongly condemns Russia’s actions, which are a violation of international law, including the United Nations Charter. We have communicated this to Russia’s Ambassador today.
Sweden does not, and will not, recognise Russia’s illegal annexations of Ukrainian territory. Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, like Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, are part of Ukraine, within that country’s internationally recognised borders.
Russia’s illegal annexations have no standing or legal force in international law. They do not affect Ukraine’s right to defend itself and to reclaim its own territory.
Moreover, Russia’s illegal annexations do not affect Sweden’s unwavering support for Ukraine. Sweden stands in solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Within the EU, Sweden will continue to advocate further restrictive measures against Russia, and push for increased pressure on Russia to end its unjust war.
Russia’s ruthless aggression against Ukraine is the most serious threat to peace and security in Europe since the end of the Second World War. Those responsible will be held to account.