Ukraine's Embassy on CNN's calling Simferopol part of Russia: "Don't follow Russia's playbook"

11:45, 02 January 2019
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A CNN photo captioned "Fireworks go off over central Simferopol, Russia" /

"Don't follow Russia's playbook," the Embassy said on Twitter on January 2.

"We hope that our friends from CNN will do better fact-checking and content choice. Simferopol is a Ukrainian city on the Crimean peninsula occupied by Russia," it said.

A material by U.S.-based CNN about New Year events around the world features a photo of Russian-occupied Simferopol captioned "Fireworks go off over central Simferopol, Russia."

In March 2014, after the Russian troops invaded Crimea, Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula, having organized a sham "referendum" on self-determination. The self-proclaimed Crimean government said that 96.77% of participating voters had supported Crimea's accession to Russia.

Ukraine designated the Crimean referendum as illegitimate.

On March 18, 2014, the Kremlin signed the so-called "Treaty of Accession" regarding Crimea and Sevastopol, Russia's naval base in the Black Sea.

Western countries did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and introduced a series of economic sanctions against Russia and Crimea.

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