Ukrainian Students Given Passes and Maps Without Crimea


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

29th February, 2016


Students of the Bogomolets National Medical University were issued passes with a map of Ukraine without Crimea. The adviser to the Minister of information policy of Crimea, Emine Dzheppar, reported that the Ministry requires an investigation into the incident.

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According to Dzheppar, the Ministry of information policy of Ukraine has already sent the relevant appeal to the Ministry of Education, the Security Service and the Prosecutor General’s office.

“Distribution of official documents and the map of Ukraine without designating the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, for a state owned institution, is inadmissible, — quotes RIA Novosti from Dzheppar.

She noted that such actions are contrary to the Constitution and mislead Ukrainian society. Crimea and Sevastopol became part of Russia in March of 2014. The Supreme Council of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council, amidst the political crisis and change of power in Ukraine, adopted the declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol; the vast majority of voters (96,77%) with a turnout of over 80% voted for reunification with Russia. The Treaty on the adoption of new subjects into Russia was signed on 18th March 2014. Ukraine, the US and the European Union refused to recognize the independence of Crimea and its reunification with Russia, and call the Peninsula “occupied” territory.

It is not the first time the representation of Crimea on maps has become the subject of an investigation in Ukraine. Three days ago Ukraine TV caused an uproar after a TV report on gas supplies, where Crimea was not indicated on the map. The Ministry of information policy of Ukraine now requires clarification. A month earlier, criminal proceedings were instigated regarding the international companies Coca-Cola and Pepsi. At first they created a scandal after publishing a map of Russia without Crimea, then the representative office of Coca-Cola in Russia published it with Crimea, then later Pepsi published a map of the Russian Federation with Crimea.

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