The message reads, in part:
“February 23, 2014 became a truly momentous day for Sevastopol. Thousands of its residents rose up in unity to oppose the coup d’etat, stood up against the radical nationalist forces, which tried to intimidate everyone who resisted the abuses and unlawfulness with their aggressive actions. Sevastopol residents demonstrated firmness and courage, defended their native city, and together with all the people of Crimea displayed a strong will to be with Russia. The hearts of our country’s people were with you during those difficult times.
The legendary, glorious Sevastopol is rightly proud of its heroic history and outstanding patriotic, cultural and spiritual traditions. Now we have a great deal to do to secure its stable and prosperous future: we must develop the economy and city infrastructure, healthcare and education, and create modern jobs.
I am confident that we will achieve these important and large-scale goals.”