February 20, 2014 is the date of the beginning of the armed aggression, when the first cases of illegal crossing of the state border of Ukraine by the Armed Forces of the russian Federation in the area of the Kerch Strait and its use of its military formations stationed in Crimea to block Ukrainian military units were recorded. Actually, this date was later recorded in Ukrainian legislation, and it also appears on the departmental medal of the Ministry of Defense of russia “For the return of Crimea”.
February 23, 2014 – the largest rally of pro-russian forces in Sevastopol. For the first time calls were heard from the podium not to recognize the Ukrainian government, the so-called “people’s mayor” of Sevastopol – russian businessman Oleksiy Chaly was “elected”. On the same day, a rally was held in Moscow with calls for the division of Ukraine into three parts, the sending of russian “volunteers” to declare “Little russia” with the capital in Kharkiv.
On the morning of February 23, 2014, a mourning rally of Crimean Tatars was held in Sevastopol, near the building of the former prison, in which the head of the Government of the Crimean People’s Republic, Noman Chelebidzhikhan, was tortured by the Bolsheviks on February 23, 1918. At the mourning rally, together with the Crimean Tatar national flags, the state flags of Ukraine were flown. At the end of the rally, its participants went to the city of Simferopol, where at 1:00 p.m. a 15,000-strong rally began in memory of the politician and statesman, one of the organizers of the first Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, the Head of the Government of the Crimean People’s Republic Noman Chelebidzhikhan (1885 – February 23 1918) and against pro-russian separatism.