Ukraine has condemned the visit of a group of French lawmakers to Russia-annexed Crimea.
The 11-member delegation is on a three-day visit to Ukraine's occupied and illegally annexed Crimean Peninsula from July 29 to July 31.
In a statement released on July 30, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said the French delegation has "defiantly violated the Ukrainian legislation as well as international law, having neglected the official position of their own state that remains committed to defending Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."
The statement added that Kyiv sees the visit as a "manifestation of deliberate support to the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine."
The French delegation is in Crimea to hold talks with local leaders, residents, and officials from Russia's Black Sea Fleet.
Western countries have imposed tough economic sanctions on Moscow for its annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its support of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Based on reporting by Ukraine Today and Interfax