On the 18th, seven years after Russia annexed Crimea in southern Ukraine, President Putin held a meeting with local representatives and emphasized his stance of developing as a Russian territory.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government wants to increase pressure on Russia by calling on the leaders of each country to plan an international conference with the aim of returning Crimea.
Russia unilaterally annexed Crimea in southern Ukraine in 18 days for seven years.
President Putin held an online meeting with representatives from various fields, including doctors living in Crimea and people from educational institutions.
In this, President Putin said, "Russia has invested a lot of money in the economic field and infrastructure, but it is necessary to continue to improve it so that it can lead a comfortable life." He emphasized the attitude of developing Crimea as a Russian territory.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted on Twitter on the 16th of this month, "We will unite the world to regain Ukrainian stuff. Crimea is Ukraine."
The Ukrainian government wants to increase the pressure of the international community on Russia by calling on the leaders of each country to hold an international conference in August with the aim of returning Crimea.
"Congratulations on the reintegration into Russia"
President Putin visited the venue of a concert to commemorate the seven years since the merger of Crimea in the capital Moscow on the 18th, and addressed tens of thousands of citizens.
"The 2014 referendum has shown to the world that we can restore historic fairness and unite for the benefit of our country," Putin said, calling for further unity.
Finally, he called out in a loud voice, "Congratulations on the reintegration of Crimea into Russia."
Actions and accusations that undermine Ukraine's sovereignty
On the 18th, seven years after Russia's annexation of Crimea, the G7 = foreign ministers of the seven major countries jointly issued a statement.
In this, Russia's annexation of Crimea by using force is clearly a violation of international law, and Russia is accused of continuing to act to undermine Ukraine's sovereignty.
He argues that Russia is committing human rights abuses in Crimea and urges Russia to release its detained citizens and respect its international obligations.
On top of that, he reiterated his position to maintain sanctions on Russia and support Ukraine.