Ukraine to get occupied Crimea back – Zelensky

16:00, 26 June 2020
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REUTERS

"We will get them back – both Crimea and its people. We very much believe in this," the president said while visiting the Kherson Airport, which is undergoing a massive overhaul.

Zelensky congratulated all Ukrainians, primarily the Crimean Tatars, on Day of the Crimean Tatar flag.

Upon arrival in the city of Kherson, the president talked with a Crimean Tatar activist who handed him the Crimean Tatar banner. That man said he wishes Zelensky will soon raise this flag in the de-occupied Crimea.

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"We will keep this flag and raise exactly this one in Crimea. I'll put it in my office to look at it every day and remember about Crimea," the president added.

UNIAN memo. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014 after its troops had occupied the peninsula. An illegal referendum was held for Crimeans to decide on accession to Russia. De-facto Crimean authorities reported that allegedly 96.77% of the Crimean population had voted for joining Russia. On March 18, 2014, the so-called agreement on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia was signed in the Kremlin. The West did not recognize the annexation, in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced. Ukraine's parliament voted to designate February 20, 2014, as the official date when the temporary occupation of Crimea began.

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