Twitter storm makes #CrimeaIsUkraine trend again
On 30 July, British writer Alex King, also known as the tireless digital activist Glasnost Gone, launched a twitter storm under the hashtag #CrimeaIsUkraine on Twitter to raise awareness on the fact that the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea has been occupied by Russia for six years now, making the hashtag trend in Ukrainian twitter all day.
Russia invaded and annexed the peninsula in 2014 following the Euromaidan Revolution that toppled pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Since then, the Kremlin militarized the formerly popular Ukrainian holiday destination while the Russian occupation authorities of Crimea keep oppressing pro-Ukrainian residents of the peninsula among which are many Crimean Tatars, members of the indigenous people of Crimes.The international community didn’t recognize the annexation and imposed sanctions against Russia. In 2016, the UN General Assembly recognized Russia an occupying power.
The online campaign was announced a week before the event:
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