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Poroshenko: the war will end when Donbas and Crimea are back in Ukraine

May 01, 2015, 1:56 UTC+3 KIEV

The Ukrainian president stressed that Ukraine's territorial integrity must be priority number one

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KIEV, April 30. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday the war in Ukraine will over when Donbas and Crimea are back in Ukraine.

"The war will be over only when Ukraine regains control of Donbas and Crimea. It will take as much time as it takes. The country’s territorial integrity must be priority number one. We will use every ways possible. We will be uncompromising on that matter," he told the Ukrainian STB television channel.

Crimea had a referendum on reunification with Russia on March 16, 2014. With a record-breaking turnout of 80%, the overwhelming majority of Crimea’s and Sevastopol residents (96.7 and 95.6%, respectively) voted in favour of ceding from Ukraine and joining Russia. After the treaty of Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s reunification with Russia was approved by the Russian parliament, President Vladimir Putin on March 21, 2014 signed a federal law on admitting two new constituent entities in the Russian Federation.

Despite the absolutely convincing results of the referendum, Kiev has been refusing to recognize Crimea as a part of Russia.

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