Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly appealed to the leadership of Google concerning correction of wrong depiction of the Ukrainian Crimea as a part of Russia on some Google Maps, as it was reported on Ukraine’s Embassy to the U.S. Facebook page.
In the official letter, the Ambassador expressed a clear position concerning impermissibility of involvement of world-famous organization Google into the information war, which Russia conducts in the world spreading disinformation, fake and propaganda like with depiction of Crimea on the maps.
Chaly noted that the situation with the wrong depiction of Crimea on Google Maps contradicts clear and firm position of the U.S. Administration, the U.S. Congress and the UN.
Google representatives have stressed that the policy of the company is focused on the development of information technologies beyond information wars.
The officials of Ukraine’s Embassy to the U.S. hope that world-famous corporation will be following these high standards and will correct wrong depiction of Crimea on all Google Maps in compliance with the international norms.
As we reported, The New York Times newspaper published a map that depicts Crimea as disputed territory. It was published in the article that ‘Putin’s bridge to Crimea may carry more symbolism then traffic.’ The New York Times also cited Ekaterina Shulman, political expert of the Academy of the Russian president, who claims that constructing a bridge that unites Russian and the annexed peninsula is symbolical.
Crimea was annexed by Russia 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.
Ukraine has banned the entry to its territory for the male citizens of Russia in the age from 16 up to 60. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko proposed to tighten the rules of the registration in Ukraine for the Russians.