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”

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””


Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Pope Francis to help with the release of Ukrainians held in Donbas, Crimea and Russia

The audience of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the First Lady Olena Zelenska with His Holiness Pope Francis took place in Vatican City State.

The Head of State stressed the important role that the Holy See could play in bringing peace to the Ukrainian land.

“The main thing we talked about is peace. He even called me “President of peace” – this is my image in Europe now,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said after the audience.

According to the President of Ukraine, it is important that the meeting with Pope Francis took place two months after the Paris summit in the Normandy format and before the scheduled meeting in Berlin.

“I urged Pope Francis to help with the release of Ukrainians held in Donbas, Crimea and Russia,” he said “Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Pope Francis to help with the release of Ukrainians held in Donbas, Crimea and Russia”