It notes that seven years ago, the Russian Federation “violated international law, the norms by which modern countries interact with each other, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of neighboring Ukraine” when it invaded the Crimean peninsula.
“The United States continues to support Ukraine, its allies, and partners; today, as it has since the beginning of this conflict,” the President said in a statement. “On this dark anniversary, we affirm a simple truth: Crimea is Ukraine.”
The United States, the document says, all these years will not recognize “and will never recognize” the attempt of the Russian annexation of the peninsula, will stand together with Ukraine to resist the aggressive aspirations of the Kremlin and will continue to work to “hold Russia accountable for its abuses and aggression in Ukraine.”
“The United States continues to believe in Ukraine’s potential, and we stand with all who seek a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous future for their country,” the President concluded.