The use of the term “annexation” in relation to Crimea is erroneous. Moreover, it is a continuation of the Russian narrative about the status of the peninsula.

This was stated by Igor Yaremenko, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories.

According to him, some Ukrainian media and experts regularly make such a mistake. According to Ukrainian legislation, Crimea and Sevastopol are the territories of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation.

“The only country that calls Crimea and Sevastopol annexed is the Russian Federation. The entire international community uses the phrase” temporarily occupied territories “both for the peninsula and for the Donbas. The use of the phrase” attempted annexation “in Crimea is also allowed, but not” annexation”, – noted Yaremenko.

He also stressed that the “annexation” actually continues the Russian narrative that the issue of returning Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine is allegedly closed.

“We absolutely do not agree with this, and therefore we strongly ask you to use the term “temporary occupation”, because Crimea, I am sure, will return under Ukrainian control,” Yaremenko added.