OCCUPYING FORCE DESTROYS CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE AND OPPRESS BELIEVERS IN CRIMEA
Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oksana Koliada dwelled on the destruction of the cultural and historical heritage in Crimea and the oppression of religious communities living on the temporarily occupied Peninsula duringher speech at the plenary session of the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
«On the territory of the occupied Crimea there are arrests of civilians, persecution on political, ethnic and religious grounds. Ukrainian schools are being closed; Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar identities are being destroyed. The occupying authorities and scientific institutions of the Russian Federation are destroying the cultural heritage of Ukraine», ‒ said Oksana Koliada, Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.
She also said, that one month ago, on November 14, Arbitration Court of the Central District of Kaluha issued default correspondence decision to evict the Crimean Diocese of Orthodox Church of Ukraine from the Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr and Olha Cathedral in Simferopol. At the same time the decision was made for the demolition of the Crimean Diocese of Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Yevpatoria.
«We maximize the monitoring activity on the temporarily occupied territories.Particular attention is paid to the Crimea.Our task is to capture all cases of violation of human rights, the interests of the state, in order to respond promptly and to develop effective response mechanisms»,‒ added Oksana Koliada talking about the steps that Ukraine is taking.
She also thanked the US Congressman Joe Wilson and Emanuel Cleaver, who introduced the bill to Congress to support freedom of religion in Ukraine, which condemns the oppression by the Russian Federation of believers living in the territory of the temporarily occupied Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts, as well as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.