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US urged Russia to immediately end occupation of Crimea and return it to Ukraine
21:15, 17 March 2017
US urged Russia to immediately end occupation of Crimea and return it to Ukraine

American sanctions against Russian Federation will remain in place until this happens

21:15, 17 March 2017

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United States of America called on Russian Federation to cease Crimean occupation and return control of the peninsula to Ukraine. This was reported on Facebook by U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

"Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia's “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted annexation of Crimea and continued violation of international law. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. The United States again condemns the Russian occupation of Crimea and calls for its immediate end. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine."

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