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September 24 News Digest

September 24, 2015 19:50 0 807 QirimInfo
Today's most important stories from and about Crimea: Ukrainian trucks going to Crimea through Russia, Russian casualties sent from Syria to Crimea and more.

Trucks to Crimea to make a detour through Russia

According to Russian media, Ukrainian trucks, that were delivering good to Crimea, but were stopped by activists, are now making a detour through Russia and will get to Crimea across the Kerch Strait. Experts say that this route is at least 1900 km longer and is not reliable during the winter due to the heavy weather in the Black Sea.

Dzhemilev: “10 dead Russian soldiers were sent from Syria to Sevastopol”

According to Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, Russian soldiers are already fighting in Syria and some of the casualties were already sent to Crimea. At least ten dead soldiers were delivered to Sevastopol.

Ukraine changes rules for visiting Crimea

Ukrainian government has changed the rules for foreigners, who want to visit Crimea. Foreigners are still required to obtain special permits, but the application process for journalists, human rights activists, representatives of NGOs, religious figures and other groups was simplified. The rules for minors leaving Crimea were also relaxed.

No Ukrainians among Hajj victims

According to spokespeople of Muslim communities from both mainland Ukraine and Crimea, there are no Ukrainian citizens among the casualties of a tragedy in Saudi city of Mina. At least 717 pilgrims from all over the world were killed with 863 wounded during a stampede during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Crimean Titanium to halt production due to the blockade

Crimean Titanium, a city-forming factory in Armyansk belonging to Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash, may be forced to halt production, since the supplies of ilmenite were stopped after the beginning of the blockade. About 4-5 thousand people might lose jobs as the result.

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