The Republic of Crimea returned to Russia after a popular referendum was held on the peninsula in March 2014, against the backdrop of a severe political crisis that led to a change of power in Ukraine.
Ukrainians living abroad condemned the sanctions policy targeting Crimea due to its reunification with Russia.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea. This is not the first attempt to create the illusion of international support for the Crimea annexed by Russia.
Russian occupying authorities held a round table in Crimea entitled Cooperation of Crimean Ukrainians with compatriots abroad, calling the event a meeting of the Ukrainian diaspora. Among the 15 participants from abroad who came for this round table, were representatives from several post-Soviet countries and from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
The World Congress of Ukrainians, the largest public organisation of Ukrainians who live abroad, repeatedly makes statements about the illegal annexation of Crimea, and the need to extend sanctions to increase pressure on Russia.