‘Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he has been seeking assistance from the United States and European Union for reclaiming the strategic Black Sea Crimea peninsula from Russia.

President Poroshenko told a press briefing in the capital Kiev on Thursday that he wanted to launch an “international process… that includes the European Union, the United States and possibly the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum” that could unlock Moscow’s control on the peninsula which joined Russia in 2014.

Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which 96.8 percent of participants voted in favor of secession. The voter turnout in the referendum stood at 83.1 percent.’

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