Ukraine protested to Russia over archaeological excavations in Crimea

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KIEV, October 22. / TASS /. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on Thursday protested in connection with the carrying out of archaeological excavations in the Crimea in the Alma Valley region and in Sevastopol.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine declares a strong protest from the Russian Federation in connection with the archaeological excavations carried out within the framework of the so-called Crimean War project in the Alma Valley and in the city of Sevastopol," the statement on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said. According to Kiev, these works should be stopped.

Earlier, Kiev has repeatedly protested against the restoration and archaeological work in Crimea. In particular, the Ministry of Culture of the country appealed to UNESCO with a request to assist in the termination of restoration work in the Khan Palace of Bakhchisarai.

After the coup d'état in Kiev in February 2014, the authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol decided to hold a referendum on reunification with Russia. In the voting, which took place on March 16 of the same year, more than 80% of those eligible to vote took part. For reunification with the Russian Federation, 96.7% and 95.6% of the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol voted, respectively. On March 18, the President of Russia signed an agreement on the acceptance of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian Federation, and on March 21 the document was ratified by the Federal Assembly. Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.

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