Russia continues taking reprisals against the Crimean people. This is the main idea of a joint statement made by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. 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 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.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry called on the international community to pay special attention to the massive and systematic repressions that have been taking place in the Ukrainian territories, occupied by Russia for the sixth consecutive year, and to take all measures in order to put an end to this.