Reports and statements published by media and other stakeholders on the occasion of the fifth anniversary since Russia proceeded with the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
Media sources reported on the challenges facing Russia's presidency over the aftermath of the decision to annex the Ukrainian region, but also on infrastructure improvements since then. The European Union (EU) reaffirmed its commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, while NATO urged Russia to bring an end to 'violations and abuses in illegally annexed Crimea, to release Ukrainian political prisoners and hostages, and to grant international monitoring organisations access to Crimea.'
- Commentary and Analysis
The Guardian, 27/02/2019: The west must not abandon Crimea and Ukraine to Russian aggression
TRT World, 13/03/2019: Five years after Russian annexation, Crimea is in crisis
The Moscow Times, 15/03/2019: How Russia Took Over Crimea, and Crimea Took Over Putin
Deutsche Welle, 15/03/2019: Vladimir Putin's 'Crimea effect' ebbs away 5 years on
BBC News, 18/03/2019: How Russia’s elite troops were unmasked
Politico, 18/03/2019: Putin, rap and Night Wolves: Russia marks 5 years in Crimea
Euro|topics, March 2019: Has the world accepted the Crimea annexation?
Reuters, 15/03/2019: Five years on, Crimea annexation divides a family
The Moscow Times, 17/03/2019: Crimeans Take to the Streets in Celebrations, in Photos
RFE/RL, 17/03/2019: Mogherini Slams Russia As EU Marks Fifth Anniversary Of Crimea's 'Illegal Annexation'
TASS, 18/03/2019: Russian senator dismisses EU’s statement on Crimea as pointless
Reuters, 18/03/2019: Putin, in Crimea for annexation anniversary, launches power stations
France24, 18/03/2019: Russia marks five years since Crimea annexation with concerts, flash mobs
EurActiv, 19/03/2019: Putin in Crimea as Russia marks five years since ‘reunification’
Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, 17 March 2019
NATO: Statement by the North Atlantic Council on Crimea, 18 March 2018
Council of Europe: Newsroom, 21/03/2019: 5th anniversary of annexation of Crimea
- ESO Records
EU responds to escalation at the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, and renews sanctions over actions against Ukraine’s territorial integrity, 15 March 2019