“Subject of Crimea we are talking about today means my own law fare to me. I am Crimean like a lot of people in this hall. And certainly to overestimate this personal line of work is impossible. Speaking about law fare I really mean individuals my colleagues and I have been working together. That’s why this war means to me a struggle for the victims of this war”, Darya Svyrydova said.
The First Deputy Permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea during her statement at the Age of Crimea Forum, dedicated to the Day of Crimean Resistance to Russian occupation noted that on 26 February , six years ago the individual citizens of Ukraine suffered and paid a very high price for their right to say “Crimea is Ukraine” at the Simferopol square. At least, Ahtem Chiigoz. Mustafa Dehermedgi, Ali Asanov and others paid for two years in prison. She remembered about a pro-Ukrainian activist Mykola Shyptur, arrested on 9 March 2014 at the square in Symferopol, on the day of pro- Ukrainian protest, probably the last one, and who is being imprisoned now. She also remembered the names of the victims of occupation and political prisoners. There is a lot of such names and it is important to remember them “Subject of Crimea meant my own law fare to me, Darya Swyrydova said”
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed hope for the release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens, including Crimean political prisoners.
During the opening of the Age of Crimea 2020 forum in Kyiv, the Head of State reminded that Ukraine had already managed to return many of our citizens, including Crimean political prisoners Edem Bekirov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh and Oleg Sentsov. The latter, after his release, gave the President a tin he had in the Russian penal colony. Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Oleg Sentsov agreed to fill it with tags of liberated Ukrainians “President: We remember the names of the first victims from Crimea and do everything for the release of each of our people”
The Ukrainian government must tell Crimeans what it is doing to protect them. Thus, it is very important to provide a broadcast on the temporarily occupied peninsula, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed during the opening of the Age of Crimea 2020 forum in Kyiv.
“It is important to provide broadcast to Crimea. People there need a source of objective information about modern Ukraine. I also want to assure that ATR channel will continue broadcasting – no one will deprive them of state support. This issue will be resolved in the near future,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured.
The President noted that the Ukrainian authorities would do everything for the blue-yellow flag to be hoisted over Crimea again. But there are things one can and should do today “A large hub will be opened on the administrative border with the occupied Crimea to serve the citizens, and ATR channel will continue broadcasting – Volodymyr Zelenskyy”
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the signing of a decree declaring February 26 the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol.
During the opening of the Age of Crimea 2020 forum, the Head of State recalled that on that day, six years ago, the largest gathering in support of the integrity and unity of Ukraine took place in Simferopol.
“Honoring the courage and heroism of all participants of the rally, today I am signing a decree on the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. This day will be celebrated annually on February 26,” the President said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that the return of Crimea to Ukraine was not only his goal as the President and his position as a citizen.
“This is not just our shared dream. This is the key to security on the planet. This is a restoration of trust. Trust in international law and justice,” he said “President of Ukraine declares February 26 the Day of Resistance to Occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol”