Ukraine’s ministry asks not to use the term ‘annexation’ regarding Crimea

19:48, 20 November 2020 – Source : 112 Ukraine

The term ‘annexation’ is erroneous regarding Crimea, according to Ukraine’s Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories.

The Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories asks not to call Crimea ‘annexed’ because the term ‘annexation’ is erroneous toward Crimea and it contradicts the Ukrainian legislation as Deputy Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Ihor Yaremenko reported.

“The definition ‘annexation’ in fact, continues the Russian rhetoric that the return of Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine seems to be closed. We completely disagree with it, consequently, we strongly request to use the term ‘temporarily occupation’ as Crimea, I am sure, will return under control of Ukraine,” Yaremenko stated.

He also added that according to the Ukrainian legislation, the Crimean peninsula, including Sevastopol, are territories of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation. The whole international society uses the formulation ‘temporarily occupied territories’ toward peninsula and Donbas.

“It is allowed to use the formulation ‘attempt of annexation’ toward Crimea but not ‘annexation”, Yaremenko noted.

112 UA Background: 

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, invading the Ukrainian peninsula and holding the illegal referendum; based on its trumped-up results, the Russian Parliament decided to approve the “reunification” of Crimea with mainland Russia. Ukraine, in turn, defined February 20, 2014, as the beginning of the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Western governments and organizations NGOs do not recognize the act of annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.


  1. The ministry of the country 112 UA is in, asks journalists in Ukraine to not say Russia annexed Crimea. So, within the same article as the request, 112 says in background, “Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014…”

    So which is it?
    A. Tone Deaf
    B. Copy and Paste Lazy
    C Corrupt
    D Just Following Medvedchuk’s Orders
    E All of the Above

    • Whichever way you look at it, Russia annexed Crimea. Instead of whining about the interpretation of words, it would be nice to see Ukraine concentrate on removing the filth from Rada and the airwaves.

  2. I think that “annexation” sounds much too innocuous and doesn’t display the true situation. It could theoretically even mean that Ukraine agreed to the annexation or doesn’t care about it. That’s why I always use “theft” or “stolen”. That is far more appropriate; there is no question of what happened.

What is your opinion?