: Crimea 'was returned' to Ukraine at 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

18:51 Aug. 6, 2016

Crimea 'was returned' to Ukraine at 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony

Crimea (UNIAN Photo)

The show was broadcast by NBC, the US oldest major broadcast network 

The TV chart showed the Crimean peninsula as part of Ukraine when the Olympic opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro was aired.

The agency Flash Crimea published relevant screenshots.

When the Russian Olympic athletes marched into Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, the TV screen showed a map of the Russian Federation without the occupied Black Sea peninsula.

When the Ukrainian national team entered the stadium, Ukraine map's was demonstrated on the screen with Crimea as the country's part.

Judging by the logo in the upper right corner of the screen, the opening ceremony was aired by the American television channel NBC, which has the rights to broadcast the Summer Games in the United States.

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The Rio Olympics 2016 opening ceremony kicked off on Friday, August 5.

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Photo courtesy - flashcrimea.com

Crimea was seized from Ukraine by Russia in February 2014. Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.

Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds instead "a renewal of historical justice".

On July 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin abolished the Crimean federal district by making Crimea and Sevastopol part of Russia's Southern federal district. Under the president's decree, the District now consists of Adygea, Kalmykia, Crimea, Krasnodar Territory, Astrakhan region, Volgograd region, Rostov region and Sevastopol. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed its protest over such a decision and stated that Crimea remains a Ukrainian territory.

Read also Six more countries back EU's decision to extend sanctions against Crimea

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