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Petro Poroshenko: Ukraine will never give up its rights to Crimea

Ukraine will never give up its sovereign rights to Crimea, said President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Petro Poroshenko

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko addressed the Ukrainian people in respect of the anniversary of tragic events in Crimea, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the presidential press service.

"Ukraine will never give up its sovereign rights to Crimea, it will defend the rights of people who live there by all available means. In this regard, there is a complete consensus among the Ukrainian authorities, politicians and civil society. We have an absolute support of the world and all international organizations," the statement reads.

"A year ago, we saw the events that are difficult to understand for any civilized person in the XXI century. Humanity has witnessed the cynical actions aimed at seizing Crimea – an integral part of the Ukrainian state. The so-called referendum announced and conducted in conjunction with a large-scale invasion in the Crimean land by Russian military was nothing but a sham aimed to conceal Russia's open aggression against Ukraine," Poroshenko said.

"Our state will not recognize the results of this vile act carried out contrary to international law and national legislation of Ukraine. Moreover, the greater part of the Crimean population, primarily the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians has expressed an active boycott to this political show, retaining their loyalty to Ukraine," the president said.