The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov was asked to comment on the statement of Ukraine’s presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky about his intention to demand that Russia returns occupied territories and compensates expenses. In his turn, Peskov said that “Russia does not occupy any Ukrainian territories and is ready to explain that to every Ukrainian”, as TASS reported.
“We are ready to explain every Ukrainian citizen that Russia does not occupy any Ukrainian territories and it is out of the question,” Peskov said.
According to him, the self-proclaimed “republics of Donbas were rejected by Ukraine, things which happen there were the consequences of the policy of Ukraine’s leadership”.
“Mention of Crimea in such context is completely unacceptable, as this topic is finished once and for all, it is out of the question. Moreover, the words “occupation” or “annexation” are not applicable to Crimea neither de facto nor de jur. Everything that happened in Crimea was implemented in compliance with the Ukrainian legislation and international law,” Peskov added.
It should be noted, that on March 31 Zelensky stated that on the possible meeting with Putin he would demand to compensate the damage done by the occupation of Crimea and Donbas.
Russia annexed Crimea after the illegal referendum held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.