Contents tagged with crimea

  • EU expresses concern over violation of rights of Crimean Tatars

    The European Union expressed concern over the systematic violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the residents of the Russian-occupied Crimea and, in particular, the Crimean Tatars, the Press Officer of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, David Stulik, said.

    In particular, the EU strongly condemned the illegal detention of thirteen Ukrainian citizens and representatives of the Crimean Tatars by the Russian authorities in the Crimea on February 11-12, 2016 he said in an interview with the …

  • Ukraine tells UN that Russia's annexation of Crimea is a threat to many other countries

    The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, Vladimir Elchenko, has said that the ongoing militarization of Crimea threatens not only the Black Sea region, but other countries as well.

    "The illegal occupation and subsequent militarization of Crimea is not just a threat with long-term consequences for the Black Sea region, southern Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East.  Events in Syria are proof of this," he said during a speech at the open debate of the UN Security …

  • Ukraine bans entry of sailors who have entered Russian-occupied Crimea aboard commercial ships

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has decided to ban the entry of foreign crew members of vessels engaged in commercial voyages to Crimean ports. 

    "Because of the violation of the law on entry into the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine [Crimea], these foreigners will not be able to visit Ukraine during the next three years, even as members of the crews of other ships," the press-center of the SSU said.

    The SSU reminded that Ukraine has closed checkpoints Crimean ports due to …

  • Turkish PM discusses situation in Crimea during visit to Kiev

    The results of meetings between the Heads of the Ukrainian authorities and the Turkish delegation in Kiev were positively assessed. This discussion was held in the office of the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Dzhemilev.

    “During all negotiations, special attention was paid to solving the problems of occupied Crimea and the protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people.  Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu's visit to Kiev is beneficial in solving the …

  • Nariman Jelal: We were prepared for Russia to ban the activities of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The lawyers of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People have examined the decision of the Russian Prosecutor of Crimea, Natalia Polonskaya, to ban the activities of the Mejlis within the territory of Russia.  The First Deputy Head of the Mejlis, Nariman Jelal, discussed this with the Krym.Realii news portal.

     “We have the statement and our lawyers are aware of the next steps to take.  We have already seen that there are many items of a suspicious nature in the statement.  The most conspicuous is …

  • Russian Media is Attempting to Censor Crimean Tatar Leaders

    Recent information which has appeared in the media demonstrates that the Russian authorities responsible for media oversight, among which are Roskomnadzor and the Prosecutor General's Office, are trying to censor any discussion about the return of Crimea; especially when the leaders of the Crimean Tatars are the authors of such ideas.

    Recently, Roskomnadzor sent notifications indicating that several unrelated media websites have been blocked. In particular, Roskomnadzor sent a letter to the …

  • Nikolai Svanidze: The situation for Crimean Tatars is 'terrifying'

    A member of the Council of the President of the Russian Federation on the issues of the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, Nikolay Svanidze, said that "the situation with the Crimean Tatars is terrifying”, as reported by Krim.Realii. He said this during the program "Minority Report" on the Ekho Moskvii radio station, which was broadcast on February 12th.

    According to him, it's necessary to respond to the human rights violations in Crimea.

    "We definitely must respond. In the Human …

  • Swedish Defense Minister: Russia’s actions are the most serious challenge to security in Europe

    Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist stated that Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine are the most serious challenge to security in Europe.

    “The illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia’s illegal interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine are the most serious challenges in the field of European security”, Hultqvist said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

    The Swedish Defense Minister added that Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine is a threat to other neighboring …

  • Israeli deputy's visit to Crimea could lead to tightening of visa regime by Kiev

    Ukraine may tighten its visa regulations for Israeli citizens due to an uncoordinated visit to occupied Crimea by the current Knesset member from the Shas party, who is also Israel’s former Minister of Religious Affairs, Ya'akov Margi.  The visit occurred on the 10th of February with the head of the occupation authority of the peninsula, Sergey Aksenov.

    This was reported by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel, Gennady Nadolenko, in his comments to the Forum Daily news site, according to …

  • Russian military holds exercises in Crimea

    A new contingent of Russian troops arrived in Crimea earlier this week to participate in military exercises, as stated by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. The move comes after a surprise inspection of Russia’s Southern Military District on February 8th.

    The exercise includes the units of the Southern Military District as well as airborne troops, transport aircraft, and air defense systems. A total of 8,500 servicemen, 900 pieces of military hardware, 50 ships, and 200 aircraft are …