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EU 'Deeply Concerned' About Human Rights Situation in Crimea

A woman distributes pennants during the "This is dedicated to you, Russia!" theatrical performance, which celebrates the first anniversary of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, in central Simferopol on March 14, 2015.

The European Union said on Monday that it would stick to its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea and voiced concern over what it said was a military build-up and deteriorating human rights situation there.

"The European Union does not recognize and continues to condemn this act of violation of international law," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement marking the anniversary of Russia's annexation off the Ukrainian region.

She said the EU would remain committed to its policy of not recognizing the annexation, including through sanctions.

"The EU reaffirms its deep concern at the continuous military build-up and deterioration of the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula, including the denial of free speech and the persecution of persons belonging to minorities," she said.

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