Contents tagged with crimea

  • President Erdogan says that Turkey does not recognize annexation of Crimea

    At a joint press briefing with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after talks between the two leaders took place in Kyiv, Turkish Presidrnt Erdogan said that Turkey supports the sovereignty of Ukraine and does not recognize the “illegal annexation” of Crimea.

    “Once again, I assured Poroshenko that Turkey will continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty, its territorial integrity, including the Crimea, and political consolidation,” he added.

    Erdogan also said that at the meeting with his …

  • Herashchenko: the issues of the reintegration of the Crimea and the Donbas should be considered separately

    The First Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Iryna Herashchenko, has said that the bill on the reintegration of the Crimea and the Donbas is divided, "as the methodology for the return of these territories will be different."

    "Why is the issue of the Crimea and Donbas divided within the bill? We are still fighting for the return of the Donbas and Crimea, but even in international law the situations with these stolen Ukrainian territories has been determined by different …

  • Russia conducts test launches of Kalibr missiles off the coast of Crimea

    The submarines “Rostov-on-Don” and “Novorossiysk” from the Russian Black Sea Fleet in annexed Crimea fired Kalibr missiles at ground and above-water targets in the Opuk training area in Black Sea waters, the Russian Defense Ministry press service reported.

    “The missiles were fired from a submerged position. During the firing, two practice Kalibr missiles were used. In order to ensure the security of the military exercises and close off the dangerous region, more than 20 combat ships and …

  • Crimea is not meeting Russia’s conscription quotas for contract servicemen

    The Military Registration and Enlistment office of the annexed Crimea, under the authority of the Kremlin, was ordered to recruit 1,400 contractors to serve in the Armed Forces of Russia, as reported on the Crimean website, Kryminform, citing the head of the Department of Training and Conscription, Vadim Meshalkin.

    "We received an order for 1,400 contracted soldiers. So far, about 650 people have expressed their desire to serve...Documents submitted for the remainder are under consideration,” …

  • More than 500 conscripts from Crimea will serve in the territory of Russia

    About 500 conscripts from the annexed Crimea will be sent for military service in the Russian Federation, as stated by the military commissioner of the Crimea controlled by the Kremlin, Oleg Yermilov, as reported by Krym.Realii.

    "We will send [for military service] about 500 people who will serve in different types of armed forces," he said.

    Yermilov added that the recruits will be sent mainly to the Moscow and Rostov regions of Russia.The transfer of conscripts will take place after November …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands that Russia stop military conscription in the Crimea

    In a statement released on October 3 on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine demands that Russia cancel conscription for military service in annexed Crimea.

    "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strong protest over the intention of the Russian Federation to draft citizens for military service in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and in the city of Sevastopol," Ukrainian diplomats …

  • U.S. calls on Russia to free Ilmi Umerov

    The United States of America called on Russia to release Ilmi Umerov, deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

    “The United States is deeply troubled by the September 27, conviction and two-year prison sentence for Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov in Russian-occupied Crimea. He was convicted for his opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and given a harsher sentence than the Russian occupation prosecutor requested. This compounds past injustices in the case, …

  • Ukraine: 30 ships visited annexed Crimea in September

    During September, 30 cargo ships illegally visited annexed Crimean ports, the Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons reported.

    “During the period between September 1 and October 1 this year, the visits of 30 violating vessels to occupied Crimean ports were recorded. Overall, these vessels made 79 visits in the ports of Kerch, Sevastopol and Feodosia. 23 of them were under the flag of the Russian Federation, and 7 were under the flag of other …

  • Russian Defense Ministry: More than two thousand Crimeans will be drafted into the Russian army

    In annexed Crimea, more than 2,000 citizens will be drafted into the Russian army for military service, as announced on October 2 by the press service of the Southern Military District of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The military department says that the recruits "will fulfill their military duty on ships and units of coastal troops of the Black Sea Fleet."

    "According to the schedule, the first dispatch of recruits into the army is planned for the middle of October," the Ministry’s press …

  • Russian Black Sea Fleet conducts military exercises off Crimean coast

    Ships and submarines from the Russian Black Sea Fleet in annexed Crimea set out to sea to work on planned military training exercises, Kryminform reports, citing Black Sea Fleet Spokesman Captain Vyacheslav Trukhachev.

    “Over the course of a few days, the ship crews will conduct exercises as ship strike, anti-submarine  and mine-sweeping tactical groups in collaboration with the shore-based missile and artillery units, naval aircraft and the anti-air defense fleet,” he announced.Trukhachev …