Twitter verifies another account of Russian occupation authorities in Crimea

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
15 February 2021, 11:30
Canan Kevser
15 February 2021, 11:30

Twitter has verified the accounts of the Russian Interior Ministry's offices in occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

The blue verification badge was granted on February 11.

Earlier it had verified the account of the Russian Foreign Ministry's office in occupied Crimea.

Ukraine called on Twitter to remove a "blue check" verified account of the Russian Foreign Ministry's office in occupied Crimea, accusing Twitter of promoting Kremlin propaganda.

So far, Twitter has not publicly commented on grounds for verification green light.

Twitter gives blue checks to accounts of public interest deemed "authentic" and pledged last year to improve the process of identifying verified profiles.

Crimea's Occupation

Moscow illegally occupied Crimea in early 2014 and later threw its support behind pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's east, where some 13,200 people have been killed in an ongoing conflict.

The Russian de-facto authorities illegally refer to the territory as “Republic of Crimea” while Ukraine recognises it as an integral part of Ukraine with the status of “Autonomous Republic of Crimea.”

The West did not recognise the occupation in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced. Crimea remains internationally recognised territory of Ukraine.