Russian occupation authorities in Crimea lifts pandemic restrictions to mark annexation anniversary

Crimean Tatars
Canan Sarıtepe
18 March 2021, 11:09
Canan Sarıtepe
18 March 2021, 11:09

Russia-backed authorities in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea have temporarily lifted coronavirus pandemic restrictions to mark the seventh anniversary of the region's annexation by Moscow.

The so-called "head" of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, signed a decree on March 15 to allow the ceremonies. The decree was placed on the website of the occupational government.

According to the decree, events organized by the pro-Kremlin Night Wolves bikers' club, as well as patriotic events at schools and military schools are allowed to be held on March 18.

Also, so-called local self-governing bodies are allowed to hold their own events to mark the date.

The restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Crimea were imposed a year ago.

Crimea's illegal occupation by Russia

On March 16, 2014, contrary to Ukrainian legislation and the legislation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a so-called "referendum" on the status of Crimea was held in the Russian-occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

According to the official data of the aggressor state, 96.77% of Crimean residents allegedly supported the annexation of the peninsula to Russia, while 95.6% of Sevastopol residents "voted" in favour of joining Russia.

Two days later, on March 18, 2014, the so-called agreement on the accession of the Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation was signed at the Kremlin.

All influential international organizations have declared the occupation and attempted annexation of the peninsula illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Also, a number of Western countries have imposed economic sanctions on Russia.

Seven years have passed, the situation in the occupied Ukrainian peninsula remains tense. The occupying power is implementing terrorist methods and intimidation practices on the local population.