On the eve of the Crimean Tatar Flag Day, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated that Crimea was Ukraine's territory. Oleg Nikolenko, the Speaker of Ukraine's Permanent Mission in the UN posted that on Facebook.
The official cited Guterres who said the following: "To me, the issue is clear. We clearly stand for Ukraine's territorial integrity, and we never recognized what happened in Crimea".
The Crimean Tatar Flag Day has been celebrated annually on June 26, starting from 2010.
Earlier this month, Chargé d'Affaires of the United States in Ukraine Kristina Kvien confirmed that the United States did not recognize the annexation of Crimea.
"We solely remember the start of Soviet deportations of Crimean Tatars which caused unimaginable suffering, traumas, and deaths of many thousands. The grief these individuals and their families endured cannot be measured or justified. These traumas and suffering are only deepened by Russia's modern-day occupation of Crimea. The United States does not and will not Russia's purported annexation of Crimea. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine, and our commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity is unshakable. We call on Russia to stop its legacy of inflicting suffering on the people of Crimea, to end conscription there and to immediately return full control of Crimea to Ukraine," Kvien stated.