THE TERM "ANNEXATION" IS INCORRECT IN THE CONTEXT OF CRIMEA AND CONTRADICTS UKRAINIAN LAW
The use of the term "annexed" to the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea is a regular mistake, which is made by both the mass media and expert community. In accordance with Ukrainian law, the Crimean Peninsula, including Sevastopol city, is temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.
"The only country that calls Crimea and Sevastopol city annexed is the Russian Federation. The whole international community uses term "temporarily occupied territories" for both the Peninsula and Donbas. It is also allowed to use term "attempt of annexation" for Crimea, but not "annexation". This is very important for us as well. This underlines the relevant obligations of the Russian Federation under international humanitarian law," emphasized Ihor Yaremenko during the presentation of the analytical report "New Deoccupation Policy: Directions and Cautions", prepared by the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism".
Yaremenko also recalled that the definition of "annexation" actually continues the Russian narrative that the issue of return of Crimea and Sevastopol city to Ukraine seems to be closed. "We absolutely disagree with it, and therefore we strongly ask to use the term "temporary occupation", because I am sure that Crimea will return under Ukrainian control," Yaremenko concluded.
Let us recall that the day before yesterday the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly declared the Russian authorities in Crimea to be illegal. In particular, the resolution of the Committee condemns illegal establishment of Russian jurisdiction and administration in Crimea and separately notes that bodies and officials of the Russian Federation established in temporarily occupied Crimea are illegal and they should be called exclusively "occupation authorities of the Russian Federation".