Almost six years have passed since Russia started its aggression against Ukraine, occupied Crimea and initiated hybrid warfare via its proxies in eastern Ukraine. The consolidation of the civilized world in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and resilience of the Ukrainian people stopped this invasion though failed to prevent millions of people from living in occupation.
Everybody, residing in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol was forced to get Russian passports which are not recognized by Ukraine and international community as well as enforced citizenship of the aggressor is not recognized. In Crimea, it is impossible to live without the Russian passports: people who do not have Russian passports are deprived of social services and medical aid.
Position of Ukraine is clear and consistent – residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol remain citizens of Ukraine, and are not considered as citizens of Russia “The key messages, made by the deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea Tamila Tasheva at the hearing of the U.S. Helsinki Commission on “Life under occupation: human rights situation in Crimea””