'Crimea is Ukraine!' billboard put up near Russian embassy in Kyiv

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
25 February 2021, 10:02
Canan Kevser
25 February 2021, 10:02

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine says it has installed a billboard saying "Crimea is Ukraine!" in front of the Russian embassy in the capital city of Kyiv.

The relevant photo was published by the SBU press service on Facebook on February 24.

"Just a photo, just the Russian embassy in Kyiv, just stating a fact: Crimea is Ukraine!" reads the post, accompanied with a respective photo.

The poster depicts the symbols of the SBU's counterintelligence department.

Similar billboards have appeared in other cities of Ukraine, where Russian consulates are located: in Kharkiv, Lviv, and Odesa.

On February 20, 2014, Russia launched its armed aggression against Ukraine, capturing part of its territory - Crimea.

Background

On March 16, 2014, Russia held a so-called referendum on the status of Crimea on the occupied peninsula. Two days later, on March 18, 2014, the Kremlin signed the so-called Treaty on the Admission of the Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation.

Most UN member states and other international organizations declared illegitimate the rigged Crimean referendum held by the invaders.

On February 26, 2020, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree establishing in Ukraine the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol.