Contents tagged with crimea

  • Putin: Russia and Ukraine are not in an argument, they only have different views

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia and Ukraine "did not argue but only had different views".

    "First of all, Crimea has always been ours, even from a legal point of view," Putin said, in an interview with Russia 1 TV channel, calling the annexation of Crimea "the highest degree of democracy."

    In an interview, he was asked whether a dispute of such a scale was worth "acquiring" Crimea, while practically "losing" Ukraine.

    According to the Russian President, Russia did not argue …

  • Russian ‘overseer’ of Crimea to visit peninsula for an inspection

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, who was appointed as an "overseer" of the annexed Crimea, plans to visit the peninsula ffor an inspection in the next two weeks to assess the pace of construction.

    "This week I looked at the Crimean development program in detail. I see great potential in Crimea, especially now that we see that domestic tourism is going to pick up. In the next couple of weeks I plan to go and see how the work in Crimea is going," he wrote on his Instagram page. …

  • Kyiv: Russia may resort to military escalation to ensure water supply to Crimea

    Former Prime Minister of Crimea, ex-chairman of the Sevastopol City Council Serhiy Kunitsyn belives that the reserves of fresh water in the annexed Crimea are almost exhausted and there is only two months supply of water left. Because of this, the Kremlin may decide to begin militarily operation and Ukraine must be ready for it, said Kunitsyn on air of Obozrevatel.tv.

    "The water situation is critical, without Ukraine they will not be able to solve this problem, because objectively such a …

  • Aksyonov confirms unprecedented drought in Crimea

    The head of the annexed Crimea Sergey Aksyonov called this year one of the driest in 150 years of weather observations.

    "Today, our main problem is the drought. Unfortunately, this is one of the driest years. During 150 years of weather observation, we have the least amount of precipitation this year, this almost never happened," RIA Novosti quotes Aksyonov as saying.

    At the same time, Aksyonov noted that in recent days the weather has changed, and there have been rains in Crimea.

    "We hope …

  • Ukraine intends to classify some parts of Crimea reintegration strategy

    Ukraine has resumed the process of developing a strategy for regaining control  over Crimea, most of which will be classified, especially security issues, stated the permanent representative of the Ukrainian president in Crimea Anton Korynevych in an interview with Ukrinform.

    "Part of this strategy should be open to public, so that people can see what the state is doing to take back the temporarily occupied territories and the population that lives there. But, of course, most of it should be …

  • Russia appeals to UN to help restore water supply from Ukraine to Crimea

    Russian State Duma deputy and former Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet  because of the interruption of fresh water supply to the peninsula from Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.

    "We urge you to strongly condemn the criminal actions of the Ukrainian side, which blatantly violate international law and directly violate the obligations of this country in the field of human rights," the RIA Novosti quoted Poklonskaya's letter …

  • Ukrainian soldier abducted near Crimean border

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that a soldier has been abducted from an observation post on the administrative border with the annexed Crimea.

    The incident occurred on May 30 at about 5 a.m.

    "In the area of the Chongar Peninsula, a soldier of one of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was found missing from the observation post when on duty, " the statement reads.

    Search efforts have not yielded results. The soldier does not return phone calls and his whereabouts are unknown. …

  • Russians visiting Crimea will have to undergo medical testing at their own expense

    The head of annexed Crimea Sergey Aksyonov said that residents of other regions of Russia, coming to the peninsula without a specific purpose, will be placed "under medical observation at their own expense".

    Aksyonov signed the decree on these measures on May 24, TASS reports.

    "Citizens from other Russian region who come to Crimea without a specific purpose, will undergo medical observation at their own expense," Aksyonov said at a meeting of the operational center for COVID-19 pandemic. …

  • Strelkov says he sold his medal for annexation of Crimea

    Former Defense Minister of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Igor Girkin (Strelkov) sold the medal for the annexation of Crimea.

    According to Strelkov, the medal for the annexation of Crimea was presented to him by the Russian businessman Konstantin Malofeev.

    "I recently sold it because of the material difficulties that every honest person in Russia has," the former defense minister said in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon.

    The fact that Strelkov put the medal, …

  • Russia wants to conduct a video conference with Crimean residents at UN Security Council

    First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy announced an informal video conference at the UN Security Council with residents of annexed Crimea on May 21.

    "On Thursday, 21 May at 3 pm NYC time UN Security Council will for the first time hold informal VTC with participation of the residents of #Crimea. This will be a good opportunity to learn real facts about life in this Russian region," Polyanskiy wrote on Twitter.

    The permanent mission of Ukraine to the UN …