"IT IS WRONG TO CALL CRIMEA ANNEXED," SAID REZNIKOV
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov emphasized that Ukrainian Peninsula is not annexed, Crimea is temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, as well as part of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.
"I once again urge public and non-governmental actors, their press offices, mass media, experts and just correspondents to use definitions correctly. Neither Ukraine nor the entire civilized world recognizes the annexation of Crimea. Therefore, there was an attempt of annexation, it was an attempt, but de jure and de facto the Peninsula is temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the whole world recognizes this territory as temporarily occupied. Actually, this is defined by the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and Legal Regime on Temporary Occupied Territory of Ukraine". I am confident that the Ukrainian Peninsula, as well as the occupied Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts will soon return under the control of the Government of Ukraine," emphasized Reznikov.
It should be understood that "annexation" provides for the change of sovereignty, that is the legal status of the territory, and the use of this term in relation to the Ukrainian Peninsula is incorrect and absolutely wrong.
At the same time, "occupation" is a temporary phenomenon, which does not provide a change of sovereignty over the territory. Occupation provides for a number of obligations for the occupying state, in particular in the field of human rights.
"Therefore, when referring to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city, it is correct to use the phrase "temporarily occupied territories" as in the case of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine," concluded Reznikov.