Contents tagged with annexation

  • Russia expels British journalist Madeline Roache from annexed Crimea

    British reporter Madeline Roache was forced to leave the Crimean peninsula by local authorities for several alleged rules violations. Roache was covering violations of human rights in the Russian-annexed Crimea.

    Law enforcement official detained her on the morning of February 7 in a hostel in Simferopol where she was staying. She was accused of conducting journalist activity in the Crimean peninsula without obtaining permission from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also without a …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria: Russian translator distorted Steinmeier's words about the annexation of Crimea

    Russian translators and the media have distorted the words of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who made a visit this week to Moscow, attributing to him a quote about "the reunification of the Crimea with Russia". The Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria, Olexander Scherba, noted the translation error on his Facebook page.

    "In about the 8th minute of the 15th second you can see how totalitarian fake news works. Steinmeier speaks in German: ‘Annexion.’ The interpreter fumbles and translates: …

  • President of Czech Republic advises Ukraine to give up Crimea in exchange for compensation

    On Tuesday, October 10, a speech was given by Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Members of the Ukrainian delegation said that he advised Ukraine to abandon the Crimea in exchange for compensation from Russia.

    “The Czech president just insulted Ukraine at the PACE meeting in Strasbourg. In response to my question about the Crimea, he said that the Crimea was illegally annexed, but it is not necessary to …

  • Merkel compares annexation of the Crimea with the division of Germany

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she does not agree with a statement by the Chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) Christian Lindner, who has proposed turning a blind eye to the annexation of the Crimea, Deutsche Welle reported.

    In an interview with the weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, which was released on Sunday, September 10, Merkel cited the situation of the division of Germany as an example to reiterate that historical injustice should not be …

  • The leader of Free Democratic Party of Germany urges lawmakers to turn a blind eye to the annexation of the Crimea

    The chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP), Christian Lindner spoke in favour of Berlin adjusting its direction of politics with Russia.

    "Security and prosperity in Europe depend, in particular, on relations with Moscow," he said in an interview with Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

    “Western countries should make an offer to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which would allow him to change his policy without losing his credibility,” Lindner said. "Talking about this …

  • Ukraine submits a minute-by-minute account of the seizure of the Crimea to European Court of Human Rights

    Ukraine has submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg the testimony of fifty witnesses and about a hundred video recordings concerning the annexation of the Crimea, said government commissioner for the ECHR Ivan Leshchina.

    “For each videotape we have testimony of either the person who made the recording or was in it,” Leshchina said on a broadcast on Channel 5.

    We made three separate timetables. One is the arrival of the Russian troops. We showed when they arrived, …

  • Ukrainian MP: U.S. and EU advised Ukraine not to fight against Russia during the annexation of Crimea

    Representatives of the United States and Europe recommended Ukraine not to enter armed conflict with Russia and not to declare martial law during the seizure of the Crimea by Russia in 2014.

    This was stated by the then-acting head of the presidential administration, Sergei Pashinsky, on channel "112 Ukraine" while answering a question about whether the EU and U.S. had really advised not to defend the Crimea.

    "The Americans and Europeans recommended our country not to engage in an armed …

  • Prime Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said they will never recognize the annexation of the Crimea

    Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia promised to never recognize the legitimacy of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation as was stated in a joint statement by the Prime Ministers of the Baltic countries and the head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman following a meeting in Kyiv.

    “We strongly condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine and stress that the sanctions imposed on Russia must remain in place until the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented and Ukraine's …

  • Media: Residents of Chechen capital were forced to take part in a rally dedicated to the annexation of the Crimea

    Residents of Grozny said that they were forced to participate in a rally dedicated to the third anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea. The Caucasian Knot online news site did the main coverage for the story.

    "This was another 'obligatory' event. The rally took place in the center of the city, next to the 'Press House.’ We were handed flags of Russia and Chechnya, as well as United Russia banners. We had to stay at the rally for more than an hour," an employee of one of the local agencies, …

  • Media: Russian authorities paid for attendance at a rally commemorating the Crimean annexation

    On Saturday March 18, a rally concert was held in Moscow, dedicated to the third anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine. According the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, it was attended by around 150 000 people.

    According to the Russian newspaper “Meduza”, attendance at the rally was remunerated. Willing attendees were gathered through the website, where each person was promised 300 rubles for attending.

    “The group members, acting as representatives of the ‘Independent …