The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called the ban on Ukrainians from owning land in most regions of Crimea "legally null and void". This was stated by the speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleg Nikolenko on Twitter.
"In the worst traditions of its historical predecessors, the Russian leadership actually continues to Russify Crimea. Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 201 is legally null and void and will not have legal consequences for Ukraine. After the restoration of the sovereignty of our state in Crimea, the violated rights of legal owners to land plots will be restored," Nikolenko said.
He added that Russia continues to disregard the fundamental norms and principles of law, including international. The Kremlin's actions, Nikolenko stressed, will not remain without due assessment of the international community.
"The deprivation of Ukrainians of ownership of land in Crimea will be in the focus of attention of the Crimean Platform at its inaugural summit this year," the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
In occupied Crimea, foreigners and stateless persons reportedly lost their right to own land after President Vladimir Putin signed the corresponding decree No. 201 on 20 March.