In connection with the visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to the occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, a note of protest was sent to the Russian Foreign Ministry. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
"In connection with the visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, a note of protest has been sent to the Russian Foreign Ministry," the statement says.
It is noted that Ukraine continues to view this visit, like all previous trips of Russian officials to the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as a gross violation of the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The ministry added that "the construction of the road, like any other actions of the occupation authorities, can in no way change the constitutional status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as an integral part of the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders."
The ministry also added that Ukraine will consistently work on expanding national and international sanctions against individuals and legal entities involved in illegal activities in the territories of Crimea and Sevastopol temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.
According to Russian media, today, on August 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the occupied Crimea to take part in the opening of automobile traffic on the illegally constructed section of the Tavrida highway.