DISINFO: People of Crimea decided to restore their Russian identity
In 2014, the people of Crimea decided to restore their Russian identity and return to Russia to restore their region's status as one of the Russian regions.
On 26 April 1954, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR transferred Crimea to Ukraine, in which it became part of international law. And after the collapse of the USSR, Russia reaffirmed respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine by signing the 1997 Friendship Treaty.
There was no such thing as a “decision to restore their Russian identity” but in effect it was an illegal annexation of the Ukrainian territory by a manipulated referendum which no international body recognised. The UN announced its non-recognition of the illegal annexation, and the EU continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law.
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, recognised on 17 April 2015 that "our soldiers were deployed in Crimea to help the inhabitants express their opinion." Vladimir Putin admitted (proudly) that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before even the Maidan protests culminated.
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