Russian Foreign Ministry officially claims a possibility to occupy the Ukrainian regions where Russia’s diplomatic institutions are located, as the Spokesperson of the establishment Mariya Zakharova said at the briefing, Unian reported.
In particular, answering the question about whether the Russian diplomatic consulates might be transferred from Kyiv and Lviv to occupied Donbas due to constant protests near these institutions, she said:
“Speaking of what you have asked about, you know, our recent historical example shows that sometimes there is no need to transfer them, and sometimes their status changes”.
She mentioned Russia-occupied Crimea as an example. Neither Ukraine nor international community recognized the results of an illegal referendum conducted there. For this, Russia faced a number of sanctions.
Crimea was annexed by Russia by way of the illegal referendum that was 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.
On October 7, 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Western countries have introduced a series of economic sanctions. Russia denied the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice.
For now, there are Russian embassies in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Lviv. After the beginning of Russian aggression, protests are being held near these institutions sometimes. Mass protests took place near the buildings of the Russian embassies and consulates. Therefore, the security of the bodies was enhanced.
As is known, since November 26, martial law is in operation in Ukraine.