He said Tuesday at his year-end press conference, Censor.NET reports.
"There is no quick solution on how to return the Crimea at the moment. But its annexation is not recognized by anyone. The Crimea was, is, and will be Ukrainian," the prime minister announced.
At the same time, he expressed uncertainty in the fact that Ukraine would ever be able to return the Crimea within its borders.
"If the Lord helps us when we're alive - we would return the control over the Crimea. If we do not do this, our children or grandchildren would do so," Yatseniuk said.