Poroshenko: celebration of Crimea’s annexation is festival of cynicism and falsehood

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian President commented on Putin’s visit to Crimea and ongoing celebration of the second anniversary of the peninsula’s occupation
18:09, 18 March 2016

“It’s the second anniversary of Russian annexation of Crimea. The festival of cynicism and falsehood that started on this occasion on the Russian TV and in Crimea itself is a bright example of Russia’s deliberate disregard of international norms, and its unwillingness to return to normal, civilized behavior within international relations”, Poroshenko said at a briefing broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.  

As 112 International reported, Russian leader Vladimir Putin came to Crimea on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the peninsula. Concerts and festivals are taking place on this occasion in Crimea.  

The Foreign Ministry decisively protested against Putin’s visit to Crimea that was not cleared through with the Ukrainian government. “The attempt to celebrate the anniversary of Russian aggression against Ukraine and obnoxious capture of Crimea looks cynical, given the economic, social and humanitarian problems on the peninsula. For two years, Russian occupants managed to bring back Stalin-like authoritarianism, lawlessness and repressions to Crimea. The aggressor state continues to violate human rights and oppress the dissidents.  There’s no freedom of speech, media freedom or freedom of belief. Rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are regularly violated”, said the Foreign Ministry’s statement.    

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