Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who left the country after the change of power in 2014, spoke on the subject of the territorial identity of the Crimean Republic.
According to Viktor Yanukovych, the decision of the Crimean people to annex the peninsula to Russia was predictable. The former president of Ukraine himself would like the Crimea to return to Ukraine, however, according to him, the decision on this is to be taken only by the residents of the Crimea.
Viktor Yanukovych was the Ukrainian president from 2010 to 2014. After him, Poroshenko came to power.
The editors of uznayvse.ru remind that a referendum on the annexation of Crimea to Russia was held in the republic in 2014. In Russia, this incident is considered accession, in Ukraine - annexation.In February 2014, Vladimir Putin asked the Federation Council for permission to bring troops into the Crimea to ensure "peace and order." The referendum was held in the presence of “polite people”; there was no official military presence of Russia in the Crimea at that time.
The authorities of Ukraine are blacklisting artists who visit the Crimea and speak in favor of his belonging to Russia. Among others, this list included Joseph Kobzon, who spoke before the militia in the Donbas, openly calling for the introduction of Russian troops into the territory of Ukraine, the singer, who received several Russian state awards, and others.