US urges Kremlin: Crimea is Ukrainian, end occupation
“I would like to start with simple and obvious things, axioms. The week consists of seven days, planet Earth is circular, and Crimea is Ukraine. Returning to Crimea is an integral part of our national idea.” This was stated by President Vladimir Zelensky during the Age of Crimea Forum.
Yesterday, the US officially confirmed that they would never recognize Russia’s claims to Crimea. “We call on Russia to end the occupation of the peninsula. Crimea is Ukrainian, “US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula.
Despite the firm stance of the US and the West, and Kiev’s determination to uphold the truth that Crimea is Ukrainian, the Russian occupation authorities continue to violate the human rights in Crimea, search houses, persecute believers, close temples and mosques, send people on charges of terrorism, forcibly urging thousands of Crimean men to fight theirs in Ukraine. Obviously, Putin will not give up his aggressive policy there, much less he will return Crimea to Ukraine. He has already tabled a proposal for a constitutional amendment to ensure that the peninsula will remain Russian forever.