Costs to Crimea: 1 year after Russia’s occupation

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A woman holds a banner that reads “Putin is an Occupier” during a rally against Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea in Simferopol, Crimea, March 11, 2014. (© AP Images)
A woman holds a banner that reads “Putin is an Occupier” during a rally against Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea in Simferopol, Crimea, March 11, 2014. (© AP Images)

One year ago, on March 16, Russia orchestrated an illegal referendum in Crimea that violated the Ukrainian constitution and was condemned by the international community. This is the first of a five-part series on the costs Russia’s actions have imposed on Crimea.

How did an illegal referendum come about?

In late February 2014, Russia began an aggressive campaign of military intervention in Crimea, a peninsula in southern Ukraine. Russian forces wearing ski masks and combat uniforms without markings seized the Crimean regional parliament, several government

In late February 2014, Russia began an aggressive campaign of military intervention in Crimea, a peninsula in southern Ukraine. Russian forces wearing ski masks and combat uniforms without markings seized the Crimean regional parliament, several government buildings and the airport. They installed checkpoints on Crimea’s boundary with its neighboring Ukrainian provinces and fired at unarmed Ukrainian military personnel.

Ukrainian Crimeans were given 10 days’ notice to vote in a public referendum, which gave them two choices for their future — to join Russia or become independent. Voters had no option to oppose either of the ballot questions or to maintain the status quo, which would mean remaining part of Ukraine.

The Kremlin claims that an overwhelming 97 percent voted to join Russia, even though a poll taken one month before the referendum showed that only 41 percent of Crimea’s population favored that outcome.

The White House called the referendum “contrary to Ukraine’s constitution” and said that “the international community will not recognize the results of a poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military” that is in violation of international law.

International response

In response to Russia’s illegal actions in Crimea, the U.S. and a broad coalition of countries imposed political and economic sanctions against Russian and Crimean officials responsible for orchestrating the Crimean crisis and undermining Ukrainian sovereignty.

Costs to Crimea

Under Russia’s occupation, the people of Crimea have suffered human, economic, political and social costs.

The U.S. continues to condemn Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, which is part of Ukraine. The U.S. calls for an end to the occupation.

Learn more about the costs of Russia’s actions in Ukraine by following #UnitedforUkraine.

3 thoughts on “Costs to Crimea: 1 year after Russia’s occupation

  1. Вот, дожили… Уже фашистские извращенцы указывают нам, проводить нам референдумы или нет.

    Разберитесь сначала со своими престарелами тетками в вашем вашингтонском обкоме.

  2. This blog about “Costs to Crimea” represents a biased US version of events – more background is needed:

    1. The US embassy in Ukraine had been leading an overt effort to turn Ukraine against Russia for at least a decade. US intelligence services directly backed Julia Tymoshenko’s failed election bids as well as her involvement in the gas industry where she allegedly stole billions from the Ukrainian people.

    2. When Tymoshenko failed to be elected, she was encouraged and financed by Washington to the tune of billions of dollars to subvert the elected government of President Yanukovich through street protests leading up to an illegal coup explicitly forbidden under US law.

    3. Fellow Western-backed oligarch Petro Poroshenko has been in the US pocket for a decade already and was put forward as the US substitute candidate for Julia Tymoshenko, who has been discredited by her criminal fraud prosecutions and links to the CIA. He won a fake election in which the heavily populated pro-Russian regions were effectively eliminated from the election by the presence of Ukrainian troops and the all-out Kiev war on its own citizens in the eastern Donbass.

    4. The crocodile tears being cried in Washington are an example of the US “memory hole” in action. In the 1950s, the US *condemned* the “dictatorial” communist transfer of Crimea to Ukraine as an example of how undemocratic the Soviet regime was… saying the territory should be returned immediately. When Putin undid the “dictatorial” act through a referendum in which no honest person on this earth could question the public will, the US government reversed its 60-year position on the issue and attacked Putin for doing *exactly* what the US had called for when Crimea was first ripped out of Russia!

    5. The original blog post cites a “poll” as proof that the referendum in Crimea was unrepresentative. The so-called poll is nothing more than a PR ploy by a NED-funded fake polling agency created to craft public opinion through deception rather than to analyze public opinion. The NED is a major CIA front organization: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Endowment_for_Democracy#Source_of_funding

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