CrimeaSOS: It is impossible to ensure freedom of navigation in the Black Sea and global food security without the return of Crimea

29 / 02 / 2024

CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko noted this at a meeting with journalists and the Permanent Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on February 24, 2024. 
At the meeting, it was discussed in particular that the occupation of Crimea built a wall between mainland Ukraine and the peninsula. While Ukraine continues to follow a democratic path, Crimea is controlled by an increasingly authoritarian country that degrades and displays xenophobia towards anyone who disagrees with the regime in any way. 
CrimeaSOS analyst Yevhenii Yaroshenko claims that the following is impossible without the deoccupation of Crimea: 
save Ukrainian citizens from abductions, torture, murder, illegal imprisonment. The longer russian troops stay in Crimea, the more people will suffer from the atrocities of the occupiers. This will increase the influx of refugees from Crimea and the occupied territories to the countries of Western Europe; 
completely eliminate the threat of a full occupation of southern Ukraine; 
stop firing deadly missiles and projectiles launched by the russians from the occupied peninsula; 
restore respect for international law and protect any country in the world from the invasion of an aggressive neighbour. 
It is quite difficult to find at least some international norm that has not yet been violated by russia in Crimea. “Abductions, arbitrary searches, torture, illegal imprisonment and denunciations have become a common daily practice in Crimea”, — Evhenii Yaroshenko noted during the meeting. 
On February 4, 2024, a meeting of journalists was held with the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. A delegation of journalists from leading European mass media visited the event. There were BTV, Euronews, ERT, L’Opinion and Euractiv. 
The meeting was attended by: Permanent Representative of the President in Crimea Tamila Tasheva; her deputy, Denys Chystikov; Maria Tomak, head of the Service for the Operation of the Crimea Platform; Oleksandra Barkova, sister of political prisoner Bohdan Ziza; and Yevhenii Yaroshenko, analyst of CrimeaSOS.  
A brief report on the meeting is available on the Facebook page of the Mission.
We shall remind you that one of the war crimes that russia often resorts to is forced passporting. Those who refused to accept a russian passport are not provided with free medical care and are denied employment. In turn, those who accepted a russian passport are subjected to forced conscription into the occupation army. 
Source of the image:  Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea


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