15:27 Jun. 6, 2016
In Yevpatoria, Russia-occupied authorities open a sculpture honouring 100 years since Emperor's visit
The pictures of Russian Emperor Nicholas II appear in currently occupied Crimea. Dozens of Internet users upload the photographical proofs to the web.
Graffiti depicting the last emperor from the Romanov dynasty emerged on the streets of Yevpatoria resort in the western part of the peninsula. Among them are the episodes of Emperor's family coming to Yevpatoria in May, 1916. The historians claims the visit did not last long.
In May 2016 the Russian-back occupational authorithies unveiled a sculpture bust of Nicholas II on the occasion of 100-year-anniversary of his coming to the resort.
The Crimean peninsula was illegally annexed by Russia in March 2014. Since then all airports on the peninsula are closed according to Ukraine's government decision. Any flights to and from Russia-occupied Crimea are against the Ukrainian laws. Therefore, the airlines might be fined in terms of Ukraine's and International Civil Aviation Organization's sanctions. Currently, Russia is the only country having air connection with the occupied peninsula.
Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's 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".