A Senior US State Department Official confirmed that Crimea is Ukraine, as the department’s press office reported.
"We’ve reiterated that our Crimea policy remains. We support Ukraine’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and our Crimea policy remains unchanged," he said.
According to him, US sanctions on Russia from the Crimea will remain in force until Russia ceases its occupation and will not return the Crimea to Ukraine.
“Our sanctions – our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia ends its occupation and returns Crimea to Ukraine,” the official added.
He has also expressed support to Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainians unjustly imprisoned illegally held in Russia.
“Again, we’re speaking out today on this issue because we’re concerned about the welfare of imprisoned Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike since May 14th. We support Mr. Sentsov’s demand and – to release all unjustly imprisoned Ukrainians, and we call for Russia to release not only Mr. Sentsov and the other 60-some Ukrainians that it has unjustly imprisoned, but all those that have been imprisoned for their dissent or peaceful religious practice,” the message says.