On the night of January 24, the BBC Russian service, talking about those detained at the protests in support of Alexei Navalny, indicated that the actions took place in 122 cities of Russia. The list of such cities also included the occupied Ukrainian cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol, with a note that "Russia annexed Crimea and Sevastopol in 2014." The BBC wrote about this on Twitter.
In turn, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine pointed out to the Russian BBC service that it is inadmissible to call the cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol in the occupied Crimea Russian. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry speaker Oleg Nikolenko wrote about this on Twitter.
"BBC Russian, do not promote false Russian narratives. Sevastopol and Simferopol have never been cities of Russia. Crimea is not annexed, but occupied," Nikolenko wrote.
Russia occupied Crimea in 2014. On March 16, 2014, on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, an unrecognized by most countries of the world "referendum" on the status of the peninsula was held, as a result of which Russia occupied Crimea. Neither Ukraine, nor the European Union, nor the United States recognized the results of the "referendum", but Russia itself calls it "the restoration of historical justice."