Poroshenko ‘forgets’ that Russians are a majority in Crimea


January 20, 2018 – FRN – 
RIA – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, while talking about the situation in the Crimea, did not mention that Russians live on the peninsula. Not only do they live there, but are a majority ethnic group.

“The current situation in the Crimea is painful for all- Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar peoples and other nations living on the peninsula. But the international front of the de-occupation of Crimea has become stronger,” said the head of state. 

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Almost 70% of the population of the peninsula is ethnically Russian, as evidenced by the census conducted in 2014. 

Crimea became a Russian region following the results of a referendum held in March 2014 after a coup in Ukraine. 96.77% of the voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol voted for reunification with Russia. 

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