On February 19, 1954, the Crimean region of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialistic Republic (RSFSR) became part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic under the decree of the Supreme Soviet Presidium of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. 

The Council of Ministers of the RSFSR adopted the decision to transfer the peninsula due to severe economic situation in Crimea caused by the post war destruction and shortage of labor after the deportation of Crimean Tatars.

“Taking into consideration the generality of the economy, geographical proximity and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic,” reads the official wording explaining the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine.

It should be noted that the Ukrainian Parliament has recognized the date of February 20 as an official day of the beginning of the Russia’s occupation of Crimea.

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