The inhabitants of the Crimea wanted the peninsula to become part of Russia. Roughly the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the faction "Bloc Petro Poroshenko" declared Ivan Vinnik in the air of the television channel "112 Ukraine".
According to him, the arrival of Crimea to Russia was exclusively a humanitarian event. "The people who lived there wanted to become a conscious part of the Russian space," Vinnik remarked.
Earlier on August 20, the first deputy permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea Izet Gdanov said that the Ukrainian authorities are currently not going to bring the Crimea back to power by force. According to him, Kiev has no decision yet about the military liberation of Crimea. "But there is a decision by the President of Ukraine to increase the pressure on the aggressor," Gdanov said.
In March 2014 a referendum took place in the Crimea, where the majority voted for Russia to join the peninsula. Kiev refused to recognize the results of the plebiscite and continues to regard the Crimea as its territory, which temporarily occupied Moscow. The Russian authorities note that the procedure for joining the region was in accordance with the norms of international law.