Category Archives: Crimea

Polish president to take part in Crimean Platform Summit – Zelensky

23:50, 03.05.21 – UNIAN The summit is scheduled for August 23, 2021. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, will take part in the first summit of the Crimean Platform, an international platform designed to facilitate the end of the Russian occupation of Crimea. Zelensky made the comment at a joint briefing on the results of bilateral

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Most Russians Support Annexation of Crimea – Poll

Most Russians support the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and do not believe Russia violated international agreements when it took the action in 2014, according to an independent survey published on Monday.  The Levada Center polling agency said 86% of respondents supported the annexation, while 71% of respondents did not see it as illegal and only 9% said they did. 

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Zelensky offered Putin a meeting. What the Kremlin’s reaction says

The first to respond was Sergei Tsekov, a member of the Federation Council from Crimea annexed by Russia. And this is no coincidence The fact that one of the first Russian newsmakers to react to the latest statements by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and his offer to Vladimir Putin to meet in Donbass turned out to be a member of the Federation Council

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EC president Von der Leyen rejects Crimean Platform summit invitation, breaches diplomatic protocols

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has declined Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s invitation to take part in the first summit of the Crimean Platform and the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence Day. The response letter signed by her cabinet chief Bjorn Seibert, which is a violation of diplomatic protocol. Zelensky had written to von der Leyen inviting her to

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Crimea, Expecting Tourist Surge After Turkey Flight Ban, Sees Rising Covid-19 Cases

New coronavirus cases in Russian-annexed Crimea have nearly doubled in recent days as the Black Sea peninsula anticipates a tourist influx caused by flight restrictions to Turkey, health authorities said Wednesday. Crimean tourism officials are bracing for the new arrivals after over 500,000 Russians were shut out of Turkey by Moscow’s flight reductions from April 15-June 1. While health officials

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EU accuses Russia of drafting conscripts from occupied Crimea

3:15, 01.04.21 – UNIAN The Russian Federation is bound by international law, and obliged to ensure the protection of human rights on the peninsula, the EU recalls. The European Union says Russia has launched a conscription campaign in the occupied Crimea and that the move broke international law. “Today, the Russian Federation has launched yet another conscription campaign in the illegally-annexed

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Forty-three cases of enforced disappearances documented in Crimea over occupation

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has documented 43 cases of enforced disappearances in Crimea since the Russian occupation of the peninsula started in 2014. “Since the beginning of the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, in 2014, OHCHR has documented 43 cases of enforced disappearances in

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Forced migration in Crimea as part of Russia’s ‘hybrid’ strategy

Article by: Alla Hurska, The Jamestown FoundationSource: The Jamestown Foundation Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 18 Issue: 50 Edited by: A. N. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Decree No. 201 came into effect on March 20, 2021. The executive edict adds Crimea and Sevastopol to “the list of Russia’s border territories where foreign citizens, stateless persons, and foreign legal entities cannot own land.” As

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Russian Cheese King to Italy: Recognize Crimea to Export Parmesan Again

Italy should recognize Crimea as Russian territory before being allowed to export parmesan into the country again, the head of Russia’s cheesemakers union said Sunday. Russia banned wholesale imports of fresh EU food produce including parmesan in retaliation to Western sanctions over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.  Italian Ambassador to Moscow Pasquale Terracciano on Friday urged Russia to exclude

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Crimea’s de-facto authorities to sue three Ukrainians for ‘water blockade’

The occupying authorities are reportedly preparing several claims against Ukraine. Chairman of Crimea’s Russia-controlled parliament Vladimir Konstantinov says that three citizens of Ukraine will be sued for a “water blockade” of the occupied peninsula. This is reported by Russia’s media outlet Gazeta.ru with reference to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. A lawsuit will be brought against ex-Members of the

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Some 46 countries affirm commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity on seventh anniversary of UN General Assembly resolution

Some 46 countries, including Ukraine, made a joint statement on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the adoption of UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 “Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”. The text of the joint statement was published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The statement calls on the Russian Federation to end the temporary occupation

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Grasping at Straws: How the Pro-Kremlin Media Tried to Legitimise the Illegal Annexation of Crimea

“Among the many different examples of factually wrong claims that have come out of the Kremlin and media outlets loyal to its line since 2014, the case of Crimea’s annexation stands out as perhaps the most blatant and geopolitically most critical” – we wrote back in 2018, on the 4th anniversary of the illegal annexation of the peninsula. Now, another

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Crimean Platform sets the scene for deoccupation, all UN members should join – Ukrainian expert at UNSC

Article by: Maria Tomak Editor’s NoteA United Nations Security Council high-level Arria-formula virtual meeting on Crimea: 7 years of violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity was held on 12 March 2021. It was organized by UN Security Council members Estonia, France, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the USA, together with additional co-sponsors Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech

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Ukraine “satisfied” as Russia gets nervous about Crimean Platform

Edited by: Michael Garrood The platform has gained real significance after the first countries confirmed their participation and preparation for the summit commenced with a presidential decree. Meanwhile, Russia has intensified its efforts to discredit the platform or prevent international partners from taking part. This proves that the platform can create more problems for the Russian occupational regime, Ukrainian Foreign

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Annexed Crimea to file lawsuit against Ukraine due to water blockade

The Speaker of State Council asked to record from quadcopter the North-Crimean channel Annexed Crimea prepares to file a lawsuit against Ukraine due to the ‘damage caused to the peninsula by water blockade’ as TASS reported. It is specified that Speaker of the so-called State Council of Crimea Volodymyr Kostyantynov asked the proper committees to prepare information about damage from

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Merkel notes lack of progress in Minsk process

23:30, 19.02.21 – UNIAN Tough agenda is needed on Russia within the Trans-Atlantic community, the Chancellor stressed. One of the challenges the Trans-Atlantic community has to address is its relationship with Russia, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said, addressing this year’s virtual Munich Security Conference. “When it comes to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, we have not really made

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Slovakia to support Ukraine reform toward EU, NATO integration

09:00, 17.02.21 – UNIAN Slovakia realized Ukraine must address the issues of Russian occupation of Crimea and the war in Donbas, at the same time implementing reform. Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia Ivan Korcok has assured that his country will support reform in Ukraine toward future integration into the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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Crimean reservoir almost empty following water blockade from Ukraine, threatening humanitarian crisis on disputed peninsula

Warning! This article contains verbal diarrhea and whining. By Jonny Tickle One of the reservoirs in the Crimean capital of Simferopol is almost running dry as the Black Sea peninsula’s water crisis continues to worsen. As things stand, many parts of the region have introduced rationing. Crimea has suffered from water shortages since 2014, when the Ukrainian government built a

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Crimea-based Koktebel wine factory sold to Russian company for USD 1.4 mln

Another company and a businessman competed during the auction that was held in Russia Koktebel Vintage Wines Factory, LLC purchased the Koktebel wine factory in the annexed Crimea. The price made 1.4 million dollars. The respective information appeared on the Russian website that publishes information about trading operations. A company from St.Petersburg and businessman Andriy Shklovsky from Perm (Russia) also

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Will there be water in Crimea?

By Alex Ivanov. Moscow Correspondent Since the unification of Crimea with Russia in March 2014, problems with the water supply disturb the population of the Peninsula. Ukraine has stopped supplying fresh water from the Dnieper river through the North Crimean canal, writes Alex Ivanov, Moscow correspondent. It is known that there has always been a shortage of water in Crimea,

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Putin claims mounting crisis in occupied Crimea can be reversed by fresh water supplies under Azov Sea

On December 17, Vladimir Putin said that the mounting water crisis in Russia-occupied Crimea, a crisis that means most residents get water of low quality only four hours a day, can be solved by drilling into what he said are enormous supplies of fresh water lying under the Azov Sea. Such an enormously expensive project, typical of the giantism of

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