Ukrainian President: those who surrendered Crimea to Russia must be held accountable

Ukrainian statesmen, who surrendered Crimea to Russia without a fight in 2014, must be held accountable, stated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the annual address to the Parliament, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

According to the President, Ukraine is building a strong army, which will not allow the enemy to encroach on territorial integrity or take away part of the territories without a single shot, as it was in 2014 in Crimea.

The President stressed that those politicians who allowed Russia to occupy Crimea should be held accountable.

“The question is not revenge. And in fairness, society needs answers. And it’s not just about this issue. People have thousands of such questions. Lack of answers and lack fairness leads to a loss of trust. It is impossible to build a successful country if the society does not trust the state,” Zelensky said.

In February 2014, armed people in uniforms without insignias appeared in Crimea and captured the Supreme Council of Crimea, the Simferopol Airport, the Kerch ferry crossing and other strategic objects, and prevented the Ukrainian army from taking action. Initially, the Russian government refused to acknowledge that these armed people were Russian soldiers, but President Vladimir Putin later admitted it.

On 16 March 2014, a referendum on the status of Crimea was held in Crimea and Sevastopol, in which the inhabitants supposedly voted for the peninsula to become part of Russia. The outcome of the so-called referendum is not recognized by Ukraine, the EU or the US. On 18 March, Putin announced the “annexation” of Crimea to Russia.

International organizations have declared the annexation illegal and condemned Russia’s actions. Western countries have imposed economic sanctions on Russia in connection with the annexation. Russia claims to have “restored historical justice”. Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, declared 20 February 2014 the start of Russia’s temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol.

(c) UAWire

4 comments

  • “The President stressed that those politicians who allowed Russia to occupy Crimea should be held accountable.”

    Which politicians would that be Clown? The politicians that disappeared to the swamp after decimating the Ukrainian military, or the acting President of Ukraine, Turchynov? Or maybe the non existent Parliament, most of whom disappeared to the safe haven of Muscovy. I think Zelensky is getting worried about Poroshenko regaining his popularity, first this BS, then BS about Poroshenko launching a coup in 2014. The clown and his Russian buddies in the Opposition Bloc are running scared, and the Ukrainian public have seen right through this crap.

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  • Ukrainian (fake) statesman, who is surrendering Ukraine to Russia without a fight in 2020, must be held accountable.
    There, fixed the statement. Now it is truthful.
    Oh yes, who is this (fake) statesman? That’s right, it is the television clown Zelensky.

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    • He’s withdrawing troops from another 4 positions along the front line. He’a capitulating to the dwarf bastard, so he somehow keeps his dwindling popularity.

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  • Those sabotaging the fight against corruption must be held accountable, too. No immunity for ukrainian politicians and the president.

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