Crimea and Eastern Ukraine

After mass protests in Ukraine in 2013-2014 years, caused by the suspension of government to prepare and sign an association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, regional radical opponents to state policy had emerged in Ukraine, and violently took the power in particular areas of Luhansk region, Donetsk region and Crimea.

Using temporary instability of Ukrainian government, the Russian Federation seized power in Crimea. Such actions of the Russian Federation were severely condemned by the international community and the referendum and subsequent elections held by Russian Federation were not recognized as legitimate and therefore Crimea is considered to be temporarily isolated from Ukraine territory.

The zone of influence of separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine and military confrontation reduced to a minimum and currently negotiations are carried on a peaceful settlement of the situation and the return the parts of territories of Lugansk and Donetsk regions to Ukraine.