July 20, 1993 – a statement was made by the Chairman of the UN Security Council that the resolution of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation on the status of Sevastopol as a Russian city has no legal force.

REALITIES: According to the official position of Russia after the all-Crimean referendum on March 16, 2014, it believes that the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are an integral part of the Russian Federation. But the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation was not recognized by Ukraine.

On April 15, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law that declared the territory of Crimea (and, in particular, Sevastopol) as “temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation”.

The law provides that this territory is an integral part of the territory of Ukraine and Ukrainian legislation applies to it. Most UN member states also consider the annexation of Crimea to Russia illegal, which is reflected in the resolution of the UN General Assembly on “support of the integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders” and non-recognition of changes in the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol based on the March 16, 2014 referendum.