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Zelenskiy Declares Feb. 26 Memorial Day to Mark Russias Seizure of Crimea

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has issued a decree designating February 26 a memorial day to mark the seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region by Russia in 2014.

Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula in March 2014 after sending in troops and staging a referendum deemed illegitimate by at least 100 countries. In April that year, Russia threw its support behind armed separatists in eastern Ukraine, where more than 13,000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict.

Zelenskiy designated Feb. 26 Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol, as on that day in 2014 Ukrainians held the largest protest in Crimea's capital, Simferopol, against Russia's intervention in the peninsula following the toppling of Ukraine's Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovych, Zelenskiy's office said in a statement.

Zelenskiy also said the return of Crimea to Ukraine was not only his goal as the country's leader, but also his personal standpoint as a Ukrainian citizen. Zelenskiy said Ukraine had the backing of the international community in its fight to bring Crimea back.

"And we know that this day is sure to come," he was quoted as saying.

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