Fifth anniversary of annexation of Crimea by Russia marked by international stakeholders

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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.

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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.'

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Commentary and Analysis
The Guardian, 27/02/2019: The west must not abandon Crimea and Ukraine to Russian aggression https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/27/west-crimea-ukraine-russian-occupation
TRT World, 13/03/2019: Five years after Russian annexation, Crimea is in crisis https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/five-years-after-russian-annexation-crimea-is-in-crisis-24909
The Moscow Times, 15/03/2019: How Russia Took Over Crimea, and Crimea Took Over Putin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/15/how-russia-took-over-crimea-and-crimea-took-over-putin-a64827
Deutsche Welle, 15/03/2019: Vladimir Putin's 'Crimea effect' ebbs away 5 years on https://p.dw.com/p/3F9dy
BBC News, 18/03/2019: How Russia’s elite troops were unmasked https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-47558927/finding-elite-russian-troops-during-2014-crimea-annexation
Politico, 18/03/2019: Putin, rap and Night Wolves: Russia marks 5 years in Crimea https://www.politico.eu/article/putin-rap-and-night-wolves-russia-marks-5-years-in-crimea/
Euro|topics, March 2019: Has the world accepted the Crimea annexation? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/216599/

News
Reuters, 15/03/2019: Five years on, Crimea annexation divides a family https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1QW247
The Moscow Times, 17/03/2019: Crimeans Take to the Streets in Celebrations, in Photos https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/17/crimeans-take-to-the-streets-in-celebrations-in-photos-a64834
RFE/RL, 17/03/2019: Mogherini Slams Russia As EU Marks Fifth Anniversary Of Crimea's 'Illegal Annexation' https://www.rferl.org/a/mogherini-slams-russia-as-eu-marks-fifth-anniversary-of-crimea-s-illegal-annexation-/29826147.html
TASS, 18/03/2019: Russian senator dismisses EU’s statement on Crimea as pointless http://tass.com/politics/1049065
Reuters, 18/03/2019: Putin, in Crimea for annexation anniversary, launches power stations https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1QZ1AY
France24, 18/03/2019: Russia marks five years since Crimea annexation with concerts, flash mobs https://www.france24.com/en/20190318-russia-celebrates-fifth-anniversary-crimea-annexation
EurActiv, 19/03/2019: Putin in Crimea as Russia marks five years since ‘reunification’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/europe-s-east/news/putin-in-crimea-as-russia-marks-five-years-since-reunification/

Official
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 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/03/17/declaration-by-the-high-representative-federica-mogherini-on-behalf-of-the-eu-on-the-autonomous-republic-of-crimea-and-the-city-of-sevastopol/
NATO: Statement by the North Atlantic Council on Crimea, 18 March 2018 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_164656.htm
Council of Europe: Newsroom, 21/03/2019: 5th anniversary of annexation of Crimea https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/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 https://www.europeansources.info/record/ukraine-eu-responds-to-escalation-at-the-kerch-strait-and-the-sea-of-azov-and-renews-sanctions-over-actions-against-ukraines-territorial-integrity/

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