THE MILITARIZATION OF CRIMEA IS THREATENING THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
In the conditions of deterioration of the epidemiological situation and the coronavirus incidence in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol temporarily occupied by Russia, the units of the occupying contingent of the Russian Federation do not stop their activity, which poses risks for the civilians.
In particular, as of April 27, 2020 the Russian occupation administrations in Crimea and Sevastopol published the following data on the incidence of COVID-19:
70 confirmed cases in Crimea (1523 persons are in different medical surveillance regimes),
31 confirmed cases in Sevastopol (around 1900 persons are in different medical surveillance regimes).
In the meantime, the occupation units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, other troops and formations of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation and the security forces of the occupying state continue their training activities, carry out combat training and commercial activities.
Last week, only according to the official reports of the command of the occupation military contingents on the territory of the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula and in the contiguous waters, 6 noticeable training activities were conducted with the participation of CBRN defence units, mine detection unit of engineer regiment, Naval Aviation and ADA forces, Ship Squadron, rescue team, marine unit and the like.
In particular, on April 24 in Kazacha Bay, Sevastopol, units of Black Sea Fleet rehearsed uploading of armoured vehicles on a large amphibious ship, more than 20 BTR-82AM (APC) were engaged.
In this context in temporarily occupied Sevastopol on April 25 there were 5 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease, including: 1) a military engineer who works on construction in the area of Omega Bay, as a result of which all construction was transferred to observatory regime (according to the consolidated decision of the head of the occupation administration and the Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet 700 persons are isolated, including 200 residents of Sevastopol, who are separated from their families); 2) a military engineer on the site in the area of Belbek (84 persons were sent to the observation); 3) a nurse at the infectious military hospital.
In the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea on April 25 there were 10 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and another 7 persons were hospitalized with the diagnosis of "community-acquired pneumonia". Due to the detection of COVID-19 infection for the last three days the following institutions have been closed for observation:
Simferopol Clinical Hospital (previously known as Railway Clinical Hospital), 28 patients and 87 medical workers are locked inside;
Hospital in Kurman (previously known as Krasnohvardiiske), 89 medical workers and 60 patients are in observation;
Therapeutics department of the hospital in Alushta, 15 medical workers and 2 patients are in observation, etc.
Hospitals in Belohorsk, Saki, "Republican Children's Clinical Hospital" (Simferopol) have also been under threat of closure due to coronavirus detection in patients and/or medical workers.
On April 27th, the disease was confirmed in the medical worker of Isliam-Teretska (previously known as Kirovska) central district hospital, as a result of which 26 workers of the central district hospital were sent home for self-isolation.
“An outbreak of the disease in the occupying military contingent, where it is impossible to maintain self-isolation, may lead to overloading not only military hospitals, but also civil hospitals, some of which are already closed due to the coronavirus. Civilians will not receive adequate health care, which could lead to severe humanitarian consequences. This is an absolutely irresponsible attitude on the part of the Russian Federation, as an occupying state to its responsibilities. Instead of propaganda actions with the transfer of CBRN defence units to occupied Abkhazia, the activity of the occupation units in Crimea should have been stopped. Instead of taking this action, the Russian authorities have announced their intention to bring the patients with coronavirus from the Southern Military District to Crimea. Crimeans look more and more like hostages at the military base,” noted in the Ministry for Reintegration.
Since March 17, on the Crimean Peninsula temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, restrictions on movement and requirements for self-isolation have been increasing both for the local civilians and those who came from the Russian Federation.
Sevastopol is completely closed by the occupation "authorities", and entry/exit is conducted only by passes from April 15.
On April 18, another case of coronavirus was reported, person has arrived by "Moscow-Simferopol" train (he was hospitalized and 11 persons (train conductors and passengers) were sent to the observation.
On April 20 the "Head" of the occupation administration in Crimea Serhii Aksonov publicly appealed to residents of Russia not to come to Crimea on vacation or business trip.
However, on April 27, 8 planes are scheduled to arrive to Crimea, including 6 from Moscow. Also, about 2000 vehicles enter Crimea daily through a bridge in the Kerch Strait area.