“Crimea is Ukraine. And we hope that it will be returned soon. I really love Crimea. I have been there many times. It is a unique place in Ukraine, with its nature and history. For me, Crimea has always been and will be a part of Ukraine,” Zelensky said.
Russia annexed Crimea after an illegal referendum on March 16, 2014. Ukraine does not recognize Crimea’s annexation, and the majority of the Western countries which imposed political and economic sanctions against Russia.