Press Releases: Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum̶

Press Statement, Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson, March 16, 2017 https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/03/268482.htm Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted ...
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