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Ukraine crisis: ‘Putin has no claim to Crimea’

Ukraine's ambassador to Britain condemns the Crimean referendum and explains why a stronger stance is needed against Russia

By Serena Kutchinsky  

People hold a Ukrainian flag during a rally against the breakup of the country in Crimea (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Before being posted to Britain as ambassador in July 2010, Mr Volodymyr Khandogiy occupied a succession of high-profile government posts including Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2010) and Chairman of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO (2005-2006). Since arriving in the UK he has worked to progress plans for Ukraine’s membership of the European Union, and prior to the current crisis was in favour both of EU integration and maintaining…

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