The Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft of presidential decree and approved February 26 as the Day of Resistance of Crimeans to Russian aggression. The corresponding decision was made at a sessin of the Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday, July 6th, "Ukrinform" reports.
This date is defined by the fact that the February 26, 2014 Crimeans held a rally in Simferopol in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine at the walls of Parliament of Crimea.
"It's a great gesture of solidarity with the Ukrainians, who live under occupation, but conduct non-violent resistance at their level", –the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar said at the session.
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the beginning of February adopted a resolution "On the celebration of memorable dates and anniversaries in 2016", according to which February 26 has already celebrated at the state level this year.
After the annexation of Crimea by Russia, trials of Crimean Tatar activists, who took part in the rally of supporters of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, started on the peninsula. The activists were opposed by the party "Russian unity", led at that time by the current so-called "head" of Crimea Sergej Aksenov.
Events took place on February 26, 2014. According to Russian investigators, two activists were killed and 79 people received injuries of varying severity because of the jam.
The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on May 17th, 2016 began criminal proceeding on fact of obstructing the peaceful meeting on February 26th, 2014 at the walls of Crimean parliament.
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On October 7th, 2015 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Western countries imposed a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice".