ASSISTANCE TO RESIDENTS OF CRIMEA AND WORK ON THE DEOCCUPATION OF CRIMEA IS THE KEY TO THE STABILITY OF THE KHERSON OBLAST AND UKRAINE IN GENERAL
Ways of deoccupation of Crimea and observance of human rights on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine in Crimea, in particular Crimean Tatars, was discussed today at the round table in Kherson Regional State Administration.
Yuriy Husev, Head of the Kherson Regional State Administration, in his welcoming speech to the participants noted that Kherson Oblast is an artery connecting the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea with all of Ukraine, that is why Kherson Oblast plays the main role in the direction of de-occupation.
Also during the event they discussed the state of integration and social adaptation of internally displaced persons in Oblast, construction of housing for them, involvement of foreign partners for this purpose. It was emphasized once again that Crimeans, along with other citizens of Ukraine, have the right to receive services in the Government-controlled territory, including in Kherson Oblast. First of all, we talked about medical care and education. At the same time, attention was drawn to the need to establish mobile dispensaries on the EECP at the administrative line with the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.
In his turn, Ismail Khalikov, representative of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, told about the state of human rights observance in the occupied Crimea, based on the analysis of citizens' appeals from TOT of Crimea.
Released political prisoners Edem Bekirov, Mykola Semyna, Oleksii Sizonovych and Mykola Karpyuk in their speeches emphasized the importance of strengthening the presence of the theme of Crimea in Ukrainian and world information space.
Edem Bekirov: “We must continue to talk about Crimea, for those people who have remained in occupation. The theme of Crimea should not leave both our and the world information space. Today there is a genocide of Ukrainian people in Crimea, any mention of Ukraine is destroyed.”
Mykola Karpyuk: “We Ukrainians are still just forming our political culture. We have many misunderstandings, but this is not a reason to give up. The Russian Federation expected that Ukraine would fall apart on its own, as Moscow has done a lot for this. However, they failed to do so. So we must believe in ourselves and continue to fight for our country, including for the return of Crimea and part of non-Government controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.”
“Today Kherson Oblast is an example for the whole Ukraine for the support of Crimeans. However, it should be remembered that assistance to Crimeans and purposeful, systematic activities aimed at the de-occupation of Crimea, is the key to the stability of Kherson Oblast and Ukraine in general. Weakening of such work activates hybrid threats from the occupation forces, which, predictably, will be shifted from the TOT of Crimea to the territory of Kherson Oblast.”
Representatives of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU), NGO "Crimea SOS", activists from the temporarily occupied Crimea, forced to leave the Peninsula also attended the event.
The round table was organized by the Kherson Regional State Administration, on the eve of which the action "Crimea is Ukraine" was held at the EECP "Chonhar" with the participation of the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anton Kornevych, the leadership of Kherson Regional State Administration, representatives of the public. During the action, the national flag of Ukraine and the flag of the Crimean Tatar people were solemnly raised. In their speeches they remembered the heroism of those who had and are resisting the occupying force.
The events were held on the initiative of the Representative Office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the framework of celebration of the 6th anniversary since the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol.