Ukraine not to give up its rights to Crimea: Poroshenko

23 February 2015 14:39

Ukraine will never recognize the so-called referendum in Crimea and will not give up its sovereign rights to Crimea.

President of Ukraine Poroshenko announced this in an address on the occasion of the anniversary of the last year events in Crimea, the press service of the Head of State reports.

“The events of February 23, 2014 and the referendum on Crimea's joining Russia were a cynical act aimed at seizing Crimea - an integral part of the Ukrainian state," the statement says.

"Ukraine will never give up its sovereign rights to Crimea. Ukraine will defend by all available means the rights of people, who live there. There is a complete consensus on this issue among the Ukrainian authorities, politicians and civil society. We also have the absolute support of the world and all international organizations on this issue,"- Poroshenko said.

“I am not saying that this will be a simple thing to do which we will go through quickly. But this will happen by all means. Together we will build a new Crimea, where the rights and interests of Crimea's indigenous population and of all residents irrespective of their ethnicity, language and religion, will be guaranteed,"- the president added.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine following a controversial referendum and unified with Russia in March 2014. The move was condemned as illegitimate by Kyiv and the European community.