Expert from Crimea: I do not believe that Russia was preparing the annexation in advance

russian separatists in Crimea

Expert of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs Fund Andriy Klimenko believes that assumptions that the annexation of Crimea was the result of a long-standing striving of the majority of Crimeans for Russia are erroneous.

He said this when commenting on the recent statement of the former so-called “people’s Mayor” of Sevastopol Alexey Chaly that Russia thought about grabbing Crimea as early as in 2004.

Klimenko proves for using the results of a sociological survey conducted in 2011.

“71.3% of Crimeans understood Ukraine as their motherland in 2011, 18.6% did not understand and 10% were undecided. At this 66.8% of Russians, 81.2% of Ukrainians and 82% of Crimean Tatars living in Crimea understood Ukraine as their motherland,” said the expert.

According to Klimenko, the occupation and the forthcoming annexation of Crimea are not the result of certain socio-political processes in Crimea, but the one of the special operation of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces’ Main Intelligence Directorate.

As a reminder, former head of “the Legislative Assembly” of Sevastopol Alexey Chaly told that Russia had been preparing to seize Crimea since 2004.

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