One of the most prominent political events of 2019 has been the removal of the Crimean issue from the public political agenda of Ukraine.
The claim that Crimea is part of Russia is one of the many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives targeting Ukraine. In fact, the Crimean issue is still a high priority in Ukraine's political agenda.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is constantly stressing the need for the liberation of Ukrainian citizens held for political reasons in the occupied Crimea, as well as the observance of the rights of Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars and citizens of other nationalities in the region. Above all, he stresses that Crimea must be returned to Ukraine.
Ukraine's newly-elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said before the second round of elections that, in his opinion, Ukraine would resume control of Crimea after a change of power in Russia, for which his own election is paving the way. "By our example, if we change power, we will show that this is possible, that new ones are coming. And it is possible to do the same there," Zelenskiy said.