According to Garry Kasparov, Russian dissident and former world chess champion, The New York Times, an American magazine published a map where Crimea was designated as a disputed territory.

“This map in NYTimes shows the Crimea as "controversial”, in the same color as Russia. Yes, it is controversial because of Putin, its invader! Pathetic and erroneously. Crimea is Ukraine. Please correct,” Russian dissident wrote on his Twitter.


The map was posted in an article titled "Putin’s Bridge to Crimea May Carry More Symbolism Than Traffic", released on November 11 which dwells on the construction of the so-called Kerch bridge from the territory of the Russian Federation to the annexed Crimea.

According to Mariana Betsa, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Crimea is not a disputed territory. “The peninsula is a temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and the invader has been long known – Russian Federation,” Ukrainian official wrote on her twitter account and asked the magazine to correct the article.

In early 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea, which had autonomy within Ukraine, "attaching" it to the Russian Federation on the basis of an illegal "referendum".

Ukraine and the Western countries do not recognize Russian power over the peninsula. Sanctions have been imposed against Russia over the occupation of the Crimea and aggression in the east of Ukraine.