Contents tagged with crimea

  • Volker: Our perception of Russia is completely different than 5 years ago

    US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told Voice of America in an interview that the US has already worked out a system to respond to challenges from Russia.

    Five years ago, when the “green men” captured Crimea, the West reacted too slowly, Volker admitted while speaking at an international forum in Kyiv. Today, the situation has changed, and if there is escalation, the West will not take its time.

    “We now perceive Russia completely differently to five years ago. …

  • Kremlin tells OSCE that Russia has completed integration of annexed Crimea

    Dmitry Balakin, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE stated at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council that the Crimea has completed its integration into Russia’s society, reported the press service of the Russian Permanent Mission to the OSCE.

    “Life has proven that the Crimea's residents made the right choice. Now, we can say for sure that its integration into Russia’s common political, legal, social and economic space has been completed,” he said.

    Balakin added that the …

  • Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine: Ankara will not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea

    Turkish Ambassador in Ukraine Yağmur Ahmet Güldere stated during a speech at the Forum “Occupied Crimea: 5 Years of Resistance” in Kyiv that Turkish authorities completely refuse to recognize the annexation of the Crimea, Ukrinform reports.

    “Turkey, Turkish Parliament and the Turkish government did not and will not recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea. Our understanding of the situation is absolutely clear: Crimean Tatars are our brothers and they have their historical homeland, the …

  • UN monitoring mission finds human rights violations in the Crimea

    On Wednesday, at the international Forum in Kyiv, Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Human Rights Mission to Ukraine stated that efforts are being made to suppress dissent or critical views on the peninsula, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "The trend that we have seen over the last few years shows that there are actions aimed at suppressing any dissent and critical views on the peninsula,” Frazer said. She noted that the right to worship is restricted in the Crimea, especially concerning Crimean …

  • Putin thanks Russian special forces for annexation of Crimea

    On the occasion of the Russian memorial day “Special Operations Forces Day” on 27 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the personnel of Russia’s Special Operations Forces on their professional holiday, and thanked the soldiers for the annexation of Crimea and the combat in Syria. 

    “Five years ago, Special Operations Forces fighters and commanders did their utmost to keep the peace in Crimea and Sevastopol,” TASS cites Putin as saying. 

    The Russian president said that …

  • European Parliament Member Rebecca Harms calls for new personal sanctions on Russians for actions in Crimea

    During a joint program by Krym.Realii and the TV channel UA:Pershyi titled “Crimea: 5 years of opposing the Russian occupation”, European Parliament Member Rebecca Harms said that she believes new personal sanctions should be imposed on Russia for its aggression in annexed Crimea.

    “I think that we need the sanctions, and we must not lift them until we achieve a better situation in Crimea and in the Donbas. What we are currently seeing gives cause to think about new sanctions. I side with those …

  • Volker announces plans to intensify anti-Russian sanctions

    The US does not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and believes that “words are not enough”, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said on 26 February during the opening of the fifth international forum titled: “Occupation of Crimea: 5 years of opposition” in Kyiv.

    “We does not and will not accept Russia’s claimed annexation of Crimea. But words are not enough. We are very clearly and closely following the human rights situation in Crimea, and we are carefully following the …

  • Poroshenko and Volker visit US missile destroyer in Odessa

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker on board the missile cruiser USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), which had recently arrived at the Port of Odessa, the president’s website reported.

    Poroshenko remarked on the symbolism of the meeting taking place on board the Donald Cook, which is a frequent visitor to the Black Sea and Odessa.

    “It is a legendary ship, and it is an important signal to the Kremlin in the fifth year of …

  • Former Ukrainian Chief of General Staff arrested on charges of high treason

    Ukrainian Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios confirmed at a press conference on Monday that the country’s former Chief of General Staff, Volodymyr Zamana, had been arrested, UNN reports.

    “Colonel-general Zamana, former Chief of General Staff, is suspected of committing the crimes envisaged in part 1 article 111 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code – high treason, in the wording from 2001. In 2015, the wording of this article was replaced with more severe [wording],” the prosecutor said.  …

  • NATO admits it was not prepared for Crimea's annexation by Russia

    During a speech in the European Parliament, NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe James Everard stated that NATO was not ready for the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, Polish Radio reports. 

    “In 2014, we were shocked when Russia annexed the Crimea. It completely changed the Euro-Atlantic security environment. We were not ready for this,” Everard stated. The General noted that Russia is the North Atlantic Alliance’s only opponent. 

    “Today, we have to fight against a more dangerous …