President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky urged residents of Donbass and Crimea to “be with Ukraine”.
“I know that Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea now, in every sense of the word, live in a different time. And for almost an hour you were told on TV that the New Year has come. But I know that for almost an hour you have been waiting for us to celebrate the New Year together. As one family, as one people, as one country. Donbass and Crimea, set the clock back, be with us”, – Zelensky said.
Recall that in the spring of 2014, after a referendum in Crimea, in which almost 97% of voters voted for joining Russia, the peninsula officially became a Russian region. However, Kiev continues to consider Crimea “its own, but temporarily occupied territory”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that the Crimea issue is “finally closed”.Expert: why gas from Turkish Stream is safer for Serbia