Ukraine still in denial about loss of Crimea, issues commemorative coin dedicated to peninsula

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KIEV, Ukraine – The Ukrainian National Bank’s has launched a commemorative coin dedicated to Crimea, the southern peninsula that was reunited with Russia after a 2014 referendum that found 95% of participants voting in favor of joining Russia.

One resident in Kiev defended the coin saying that “it is necessary to remind everyone that Ukraine is a state and we, as citizens, must remember that it is our territory, that it was stolen, that it must be returned sooner or later because it is illegal and unfair.”

Another resident discussed a study, which according to him shows “a growing number of citizens who are again inclined to an alliance with Russia,” with the number growing “from 22 percent to 29 percent of those who support an alliance with Russia.” He went on to say that “if people are not constantly reminded [of the past], then they literally have a period when everything is forgotten and displaced; and that period is very short.”

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There will be a reported 45,000 coins in circulation, with the coin’s denomination equaling five hryvnia.

The obverse of the coin shows the Ayu-Dag Mountain, which is said to symbolise Crimea, the antique ship on the waves, the gazebo in Chersonesus, where Vladimir the Great was reputedly baptised, and the Bakhchisaray Palace.

The reverse of the commemorative coin shows the map of Ukraine and the inscription reading “The Autonomous Republic of Crimea” and “Ukraine.”

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