Poroshenko hopes to raise Ukrainian flag over Donetsk, Luhansk, Simferopol and Sevastopol over time

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

KYIV. Aug 23 (Interfax) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reiterated the need to restore Ukrainian sovereignty in Donbas and Crimea.

“An extremely difficult task for us is to ensure that our flag would once again appear over Donetsk, Luhansk, over Simferopol and over Sevastopol,” he said during a ceremony to raise Ukraine’s state flag in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Ukraine marks the Day of the State Flag on August 23.