Sunday, March 22, 2015

Crimea Is Still Ukraine

The Russian annexation has robbed Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula of the right to live in their own state. By PETRO POROSHENKO March 19, 2015 4:40 p.m. ET One year ago, the Ukrainian territory of Crimea was illegally annexed by our neighbor and partner at the time, the Russian Federation. One year ago, as Russian special forces sacked the regional parliament and silenced dissenting voices, a farce referendum was held to position Moscow’s land grab behind a facade of legitimacy. I myself witnessed the illegal and shameful occupation, and never will I forget or excuse it. When I visited the Crimean capital of Simferopol to help negotiate a settlement one year ago, I saw many “little green men,” who were in fact heavily armed professional soldiers. Although they were masked and disguised, with their uniforms and markings altered, it was clear that every command for the occupation had come from one source: the Kremlin...... http://www.wsj.com/articles/petro-poroshenko-crimea-is-still-ukraine-1426797603