UK Ambassador David Hunt: Remember Crimea

A year ago, the Kremlin helped stage an illegal and illegitimate “referendum” in Crimea that culminated in Russia annexing Crimea from Ukraine, redrawing the map of Europe by force, and deepening the burgeoning crisis in east Ukraine.
One year after Crimea annexation
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David Hunt
Jnbnd Nhjp
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