Contents tagged with crimea

  • Kremlin: Crimean referendum did not violate Ukrainian Constitution

    Any referendums on self-determination of Russian regions are prohibited by Russian law, but the "referendum" in Crimea in 2014 did not contradict Ukrainian and international laws, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

    "This "referendum" was legitimate in essence, from the point of view of international law and in terms of the laws of Ukraine," Peskov said, as quoted by TASS.

    According to him, the referendum was allowed, as Crimea, as part of Ukraine, has a special status, …

  • Ukrainian general: in 2014 Kyiv was ready to take control of Crimea

    During Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were ready to take control of Crimean airfields and other strategic facilities, said in an interview with Krym.Realii deputy chief of the General Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,Viktor Nazarov, who was part of the military delegation to Crimea.

    "Those plans provided for our military intervention in Crimea. We understood that the task is quite difficult and can hardly be …

  • Crimean authorities want to sue Ukraine over ‘economic blockade’ of peninsula

    The Chairman of the Kremlin-controlled State Council of Crimea, Vladimir Konstantinov, said at a press briefing that Crimean authorities are preparing to file lawsuits in international courts against Ukraine because of the economic blockade, TASS reports. According to him, the "authorities" will first seek justice in the Russian courts, and then file comprehensive lawsuits in international courts.

    Konstantinov claims that Ukraine has established a transport and energy blockade, which led to …

  • Stoltenberg: Russia would not have captured Crimea if Ukraine had been in NATO in 2014

    The Russian Federation would not have annexed Crimea if Ukraine had been a NATO member as of 2014, because other members of the Alliance would have stood up for Ukraine, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his speech at the College of Europe in Bruges, RBC-Ukraine reports.

    "My short answer is that this would not have happened, because the purpose of NATO is to protect every ally," Stoltenberg said.

    He added that NATO uses a "one for all and all for one" rule if one of the Allies …

  • Ukraine offers NATO to use airspace near Crimea

    Ukraine counts on NATO’s support in monitoring air traffic situation along the border with Russia and offers to use airspace near Simferopol region for NATO air operations, said the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Vladyslav Krykliy, during talks with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning Patrick Turner.

    The meeting took place as part of a working visit of the Ukrainian government delegation to Brussels.

    "Ukraine is pursuing its chosen course of integration …

  • U.S. may ban recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea

    A bill has been submitted to the U.S. Congress, which prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing Russia's sovereignty over annexed Crimea.

    The author of the document, which was published on the website of the U.S. Congress,  is the representative of the Democratic Party from Virginia, Gerry Connolly.

    "To prohibit United States Government recognition of the Russian Federation's claim of sovereignty over Crimea, and for other purposes," the document reads.

    The text of the document has not …

  • Media: Putin owns 2 dachas in annexed Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin occupies two dachas near the village of Oliwa in Russia's annexed Crimea, reports Krym.Realii

    The Russian president took 2 dachas, No.6 and No.8, where, during the Soviet era, Communist party officials, and later, the first persons of Ukraine, used to stay.

    Journalists report that there is a newly rebuilt swimming pool, spa complex, and a helicopter pad in the sea. The beach is guarded by military divers.

    "Putin's dacha in Crimea is hidden behind two fences. …

  • Ukraine imposes additional sanctions on Russia

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has approved the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to impose sanctions against Russian legal entities and individuals.

    According to the decree published on the website of Zelensky’s Administration, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksii Danilov, is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the decision. The sanctions list itself has not been provided. The decree also notes that one of the …

  • Ukrainian Security Service warns of possible Russian invasion

    To date, there is still a threat of Russian military invastion, stated the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) commenting on the purpose of Ukrainian security forces exercises in Kherson region, in the area of the North-Crimean Canal, Kakhovka hydroelectric power station and Kakhovka shipping gateway.

    According to the SBU, Russia is strengthening the offensive potential of its armed forces. In addition, Russia regularly conducts large-scale military exercises near the Ukrainian border, which …

  • In 2014 Ukraine was preparing to drive Russian troops out of Crimea

    Ukraine knew about Russia’s imminent invasion of Crimea as early as January 2014, reports Krym.Realii. The then head of the Ukrainian General Staff, Volodymyr Zamana, confirmed that on January 31, 2014, paratroopers and special forces were put into combat readiness state. Ukrainian elite units were preparing to oust the Russian military from the territory of the peninsula.

    According to former Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council Serhiy Kryvonos, who then headed a regiment of …