Google Maps decomunized Crimea
17:29, 28 July 2016

Google Maps decomunized Crimea

Now fears rise that Russia may block the resource

17:29, 28 July 2016

Search service Google Maps changed the names of the settlements in annexed Crimea in accordance with the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on renaming of some regions, towns and villages of the peninsula.

On May 12 the Verkhovna Rada renamed 75 towns and 5 districts in Crimea within the decommunization law. Most of the new names have Crimean Tatar origin.

See also: Contradictions in Ukraine’s decommunization reform

New names on Google Maps can be seen by users not only in Ukraine, but also in Russia and the Crimea.

Users of social networks have already expressed fears that Russia may block the resource, which "violates the territorial integrity."

See also: Duda signes law on decommunisation in Poland

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially announced February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of the Crimea and Sevastopol Russia. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the relevant law on October 7, 2015.

International organizations have recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Western countries have introduced a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."

See also: Putin abolished the Crimean Federal District

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