: Google decommunizes Crimean towns

11:38 Jul. 28, 2016

Google decommunizes Crimean towns

Google decommunizes Crimean towns

Towns and villages of Russian-occupied peninsula get back to historical names

The Google Maps has started the renaming process of the Crimean settlements, illegally incorporated into Russian Federation in spring 2014 after military operation to seize the Ukraine's peninsula.

The American company introduces modifications in accordance with the ongoing de-communization programme implemented by the Ukrainian Parliament.

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The Internet users from Ukraine, Russia and Crimea already can see the changes introduced by the Google Maps.

Altogether 75 settlements and 5 districts were renamed. Now, they mostly possess the names of the Crimean-Tatar origin.

The social network users have already raised concerns about the possible closure of the resource in Russia as it ‘violates country's territorial integrity'.

Last year Ukraine's parliament has officially proclaimed February 20, 2014 as the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. International organizations slammed Crimea occupation and annexation as illegal and condemned Moscow's actions.

Consequently, the Western countries introduced a number of sanctions against Russia. Russia declined to acknowledge the occupation of the peninsula and in its turn labeled it as a ‘restoration of historical justice'.

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