Recently, the US Department of State has published the “Crimea Declaration”, which acknowledges the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the illegal capture of the Ukrainian territories. This event has encouraged a public debate among political figures and the media. More on debates –  in reactions from Opinion.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated Ukrainians on this achievement and called the Declaration a dignified response from Washington to hybrid provocations of the Kremlin. Also, the head of the state noted “belonging of Crimea to our country is not discussed”. And he urged to support the declaration to force Russia to stop aggression with a single front. Of course, such words of the President caused a wave of joyful reposts and relief sighs; the world was talking too much about the meeting of Trump and Putin in Helsinki.

And on the page of the US Embassy in Ukraine, the poster was published. There is a straightforward statement by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo that the United States rejects the illegal annexation of the Crimea.

Of course, the Russians did not delay the answer. The so-called head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov uses many eloquent labels on his Facebook page: “free expression of the will of the Crimeans”, “the Nazi regime in Kyiv”, “seizure of power due to coup d’etat”. He summarizes that the emergence of the declaration will not have an impact on the history, because, according to the President of the Russian Federation, the issue of territorial affiliation of the Crimea had been closed forever.

And Ukrainian journalist Myroslava Gongadze has another opinion. She hopes this declaration will affect the world community, and someday the Crimea will return to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly published the photo of the historic moment: the transfer of declared Declaration in the US State Department. He notes that this is a powerful and timely decision of the US, and adds: “Crimea is Ukraine!”

And first deputy Chairwoman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Heraschchenko notices in her post that the Declaration got the leader of Crimean Tatars, the son of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev. She emphasized that the battle for Ukrainian Crimea liberation will continue.

Surely, the Russians reject the importance and influence of this event. For instance, the director of the Department of Information and Printing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova on her page clearly irritates the fatefulness of the Declaration, challenging any official US policy.

However, there is a hope in Ukraine that this Declaration is the real victory, a serious step towards the solution to the conflict. And journalist Alexander Yankovsky writes about this hope. He draws an analogy between the affairs of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Ukraine. He hopes it will take less than 50 years for Crimea to become free.

Reactions were collected by Leila Tserkovnyuk

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