Today, Russia is celebrating the 7th anniversary of the entry of Crimea into Russia. As a result of the all-Crimean referendum held in accordance with the UN Charter, 96% of the residents of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol voted for reunification with Russia.
In early 2014, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation received an order from the Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin to prevent bloodshed in Crimea and to ensure the safety of the expression of the will of the Crimeans. As a result of the operation carried out by the forces of the formed people’s militia of the Crimea and the armed forces stationed in the Crimea, military clashes and deaths among the civilian population were not allowed.
Let us recall that the events of that time unfolded tragically and rapidly against the background of a coup d’etat supported by the EU countries and the United States. The involvement of the EU and US governments is evidenced by hundreds of public statements and dozens of documents, including the agreement signed on February 21, 2014 by the ambassadors of Germany, France and Poland to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine with President Yanukovych. Immediately after it, the opposition, overseen by the US State Department, went on the offensive to seize administrative buildings and law enforcement agencies throughout Ukraine.