Contents tagged with crimea

  • Crimean Tatar leader: Sanctions against Russia should remain in place until they completely withdraw from the Crimea

    The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed hope that the European Union would continue a consistent policy towards the Crimea and that the sanctions would remain in effect until it is completely de-occupied.

    "Sanctions are the main thing for “de-occupation.” The European Union’s decision is very motivating because in the Crimea, repression has intensified against citizens who remain faithful to their state. I hope that these sanctions will continue until the complete …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry thanked the EU Council for the extension of sanctions against Russia

    Ukraine is grateful for the consistent policy of the EU on the non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea by Russia and the adoption by the EU Council of a decision to extend the term of the ‘Crimean package’ of sanctions against the ‘aggressor state’ for 12 months ‘without discussion,’ as stated in the commentary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, published on their official website.

    “We highly appreciate the constant attention of the EU to the situation in the occupied Crimea, which is …

  • Media: The Crimea experienced a 40% drop in tourism this season

    Recreation in the Crimea is experiencing a new shock. The flow of tourists to the annexed peninsula at the beginning of the tourist season fell by almost 40%, according to Deutsche Welle.

    "Among the reasons for the decrease in Russian interest in the peninsula are high prices for air tickets and cold weather," DW notes.

    The data provided by tour operators is confirmed by the owners of large and small hotels located on the southern coast of the Crimea.

    "In May, there was a drop in the flow of …

  • Military Registration office in the annexed Crimea asked a Jehovah's Witnesses follower to change his beliefs

    The Military Commission of the Bakhchisaray district of the annexed Crimea demanded a conscript-follower of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to provide “documentation of his change of belief”, as stated on the Russian Jehovah's Witnesses’ website.

    It was reported that in early June, the Military Registration and Enlistment Office denied the young man the right to alternative services, stating he must change his beliefs.

    The organization's website has also published a copy of the draft notice, in which …

  • Representative of Crimean Tatars said Russia is trying to conceal human rights violations in the Crimea

    Russian authorities are attempting to hide incidents of human rights violations in the Crimea but their attempts have so far been unsuccessful. This opinion was expressed by a member of the Mejlis, Eskender Bariev, live on Radio Krym.Realii on June 14.

    He noted that despite Russia's attempts to demonstrate prosperity in the Crimea, the Mejlis have collected facts that prove the violation of collective rights of Crimean Tatars on the peninsula. Bariev went on at length to explain the situation: …

  • Swedish Foreign Minister: Sweden and Lithuania oppose the annexation of the Crimea

    Sweden and Lithuania oppose the illegal annexation of the Crimea by Russia and wish to end its aggression in the Donbas, as stated by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "We came to offer our support and assistance. We stand for international law and for Ukraine to freely choose its future. We also insist that the Crimea is part of Ukraine. We oppose the illegal annexation of the Crimea, and we want an end to Russian aggression in the eastern part of Ukraine," …

  • Kyiv invites Russian diplomats to a concert in honor of the Crimea

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invited Russian diplomats to a jazz concert dedicated to the de-occupation of the Crimea, reports UNIAN, citing Anatolii Solovei, the head of the Public Diplomacy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    It is reported that journalists asked if a representative of the Russian embassy was invited to the jazz concert "Music of Free People" (part of the third OPEN AIR event organized by the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

    "As far as I …

  • Ukrainian politician accuses Russia of changing the demographic composition of the Crimea

    Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons George Tuka said during an annual meeting with European partners that Russia is constantly building up its military potential on the territory of the annexed Crimea, the ministry’s press service reports.

    In Tuka's opinion, this could be a threat not only because of possible aggression of Russia against the mainland of Ukraine but also because of changes in the ethnic composition of the population of the …

  • Residents from the Donbas and the Crimea need to provide additional identification documents to obtain biometric passports in Ukraine

    Residents from Donbas and Crimea need to provide additional identification documents to obtain biometric passports, as stated by the Press Secretary for the State enterprise, Document, Volodymyr Polishchuk, on Espreso.TV.

    “To obtain biometric passports, citizens who register in the occupied territories of the Donbas and the Crimea need to provide additional documentation to support their identification”, he said.

    Polishchuk stressed that the additional check is due to the impossibility of …

  • Kremlin: providing anonymity to foreign investors in the Crimea might be impossible

    Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Financial Markets, believes on the basis of experts’ opinions that providing anonymity to foreign investors coming to the Crimea by means of offshore elements will not work. He expressed such an opinion on June 11, at the media forum “Open Crimea: with your own eyes”, as reported by Kryminform news website.

    “In the State Duma there is a corresponding draft law, we have discussed it with experts from the Central Bank, the Ministry …