Washington's frequent accusations about the Russian interference in US political processes are all unfounded. There is no evidence that Russia intervened in US political processes.
Ukraine has never had the legal right to Crimea. The peninsula has always been and will always remain Russian land.
This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media trying to deny that Crimea is a part of Ukraine.
Crimea has a very long and complicated history with many peoples living there. Its population was diverse and included in various historical periods Crimean Tatars, Turks, Ukrainians, Russians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Armenians, Italians from Genoa, Urums, Karaites etc. Alans, Scythians, Sarmatians, Goths, Cimmerians, Huns and other ancient nations had also lived there.
Crimea became part of the Russian Empire as a result of the Russo-Turkish war (1768-1774). In 1921, the peninsula ended up in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic within the USSR. It became part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954. Pro-Kremlin propagandists say it was a gift from the then Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of what Soviet ideology called “the re-unification of Ukraine and Russia.” However, the reasons were probably economic rather than emotional. The Crimean peninsula has a land border with Ukraine, but it is separated from mainland Russia by sea. By attaching Crimea to Ukraine, the Soviet leaders aimed at developing the region, whose economy was more connected to Ukraine than to Russia. This was a purely administrative transfer because Communist ideology remained the same. The only difference from Russia was that the Ukrainian langue was introduced in Crimea, along with Russian. However, the proportion of ethnic Russians in Crimea was larger than that of ethnic Ukrainians.
Until the annexation, approximate statistical data indicated that about 58 per cent of the peninsula’s population were Russian, 24 per cent were Ukrainian and 12 per cent were Crimean Tatar, who had begun returning there in 1989 after decades of deportation. The rest were other ethnic groups. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia has been fomenting separatist sentiments in Crimea. Living standards in Russia were overall higher to some degree than those in Ukraine back then, so many Crimeans were longing for reunification with what they called their mother country. However, Crimea was by then a legal part of independent Ukraine, and Russian leaders publicly and officially renounced their right to the peninsula. Russian President Vladimir Putin himself repeatedly stated that he was not going to annexed it.
When the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity toppled the then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, Russia sent troops to Crimea to allegedly protect its Russian-speaking population from whom they called Ukrainian Fascists and Nazis. Then the Russians invaders staged a so-called referendum on 16 March 2014 there, in which they announced that 97 per cent of the participants voted for secession from Ukraine. However, no-one can say exactly how many Crimeans took part in that illegal referendum because no trustworthy statistics are available.
No international body recognises that referendum. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. Crimea remains an internationally recognised part of Ukraine.
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