Contents tagged with crimea

  • Ukrainian Intelligence suggests Putin may attend Russian military exercise in Crimea

    According to a representative of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), Russian President Vladimir Putin may visit the Crimea to attend the Caucasus 2016 military exercise, as reported by Glavnoe.

    The SBU’s representative said that Putin may even participate in certain activities during the military drills.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu is also expected to travel to the occupied Peninsula for Caucasus 2016.

    As stated by Shoygu last month, “allow me to focus on preparations for the …

  • Ukraine intends to restore TV and radio broadcasts to Crimea

    The National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine has established a working group to restore broadcasting in the south of the Kherson region and to Crimea.  This was reported by the Press Service of the Ministry.

    The group was created "for the purpose of protecting the informational space and the informational sovereignty in the south of the country".  The group is headed by Crimean citizen and Member of the National Council of Television and Radio broadcasting of Ukraine, …

  • Ukraine opens case against former Crimean Colonel who defected to Russia

    In Ukraine, the Military Prosecutor of the Central Region has started criminal proceedings against the former Deputy Head of the Crimean Territorial Command of Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Colonel Stephen Gaydarzhiyskyi.  He is suspected of treason.

    According to the Press Service of the Military Supervisory Authority, the criminal case was opened on the 18th of February.  This was reported by the General Directorate of the Military Counterintelligence of the …

  • Ukraine's 2016 Eurovision entry is dedicated to the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944

    The representative of Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest, Jamala, will perform her song entitled "1944" about the deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet regime during World War II. Viewers and judges voted for Jamala to perform the song.

    The song is sung in English with a refrain in the Crimean Tatar language. According to Jamala, whose real name is Susana Jamaladinova, the song was inspired by her great-grandmother's experiences during the deportation.

    "That terrible year changed …

  • Crimea issues high alert due to scarcity of water

    A high-alert warning was issued due to the threat of water scarcity in the east of Crimea, according to a decree of the Head of Crimea, Sergey Aksenov.  

    “The alert was issued in the Republic of Crimea and detailed the increased readiness of the governing bodies and forces of the territorial subsystem in the prevention and liquidation of emergency situations.  This is due to the threat of natural disasters which require a response on a regional level,” this was stated in Aksenov’s order.

    The …

  • Putin asks Crimeans to 'be patient a little longer'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with the head of the Kremlin controlled Crimean government, Sergei Aksenov, said that the residents of Crimea need "to be patient a little bit longer," when referring to the energy crisis on the peninsula.

    According to him, the second line of the energy bridge from the Kuban to Crimea might be finished "by May 1st or earlier."

    "We just have to be patient for a little more. I think that the construction will be completed by May 1st for sure, or, …

  • Crimean Tatar Mejlis Chairman calls on Ukrainians to vote for singer of Tatar descent at Eurovision

    The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov, has called on Ukrainians to cast their votes in favor of Jamala, a Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar descent, at the Eurovision Song Contest.  He posted this on his Facebook page on February 20th, as Krym.Reallii reported.

    According to Chubarov, the Russian media as well as media in Moscow-controlled territories, have waged psychological warfare aimed at belittling Jamala.

    “Russian chauvinists ranging from unknown people …

  • Construction of Kerch Strait Bridge from Russia to Crimea to Cost $2.8 Billion

    Russia has approved the construction cost of the Kerch Bridge. The Main State Expert Review Board gave its positive consideration to the construction project of the bridge to Crimea and confirmed the accuracy of the estimated cost, Rosavtodor reported.

    According to the report, the cost of the construction project will be 211.9 billion Roubles (approximately $2.8 billion). It is 680 million Roubles lower than the budget ceiling established by the Government of the Russian Federation a year ago. …

  • Advocacy group calls on international organizations to protest against ban of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    A Crimean advocacy group has appealed to international organizations with a statement of non-acceptance of the ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People in Crimea. In their statement, the advocates called on international organizations to influence the situation in order to prevent politically motivated prosecutions of Crimean Tatars and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

    This document is a response to the lawsuit brought by the Russian Prosecutor General of the Republic of Crimea, …

  • Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada discusses issue of Internally Displaced Persons

    The Parliamentary hearings on the issue of internally displaced people from the occupied Donbas region took place in the session hall of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 17th of February. The representatives of state authorities, local authorities, human rights organizations and the public participated in the meeting. The issue surrounding the reasonability of blocking the occupied territories was raised among others at the Parliamentary hearings.

    As stated by the head of the Crimean Human …