Caricature on the annexation of Crimea by Russia
March 16, 2014 in Crimea under the guns of the Russian military held so-called referendum. The Kremlin has recognized its results and on March 18 in Moscow the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the “Agreement on the adoption of Crimea in structure of Russia”.
After the removal from power of President Viktor Yanukovych, separatist sentiments in Crimea have exploded with new force. February 23 in Sevastopol was held on 20-thousand meeting, which decided not to list taxes in Kiev, and the mayor proclaimed citizen of Russia Chaly. On February 25 the actions of separatists held in front of the Crimean Parliament. On the night of 27 February, the Parliament and government of Crimea was seized by unknown gunmen and hoisted over them the flag of the Russian Federation.
“On February 26, long before the referendum, the Crimean Tatars staged a rally in protest. Feldman brought his “aunts” and “Self”, in which half of ex-felons. A fight broke out. Man poisoned to death, tear gas, and the woman beat feet. Then it hung on the Crimean Tatars, although there was no direct evidence. On the dock sat down, no Russian,” – says “Russian spring” journalist Anton NumLock.
The international community has not recognized the annexation of Crimea. In turn, the Kremlin led by Vladimir Putin in 2015 completely denied his involvement in the secession of the Crimea by military means. And then he began to invoke a formal appeal then illegitimate President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. It is said that Yanukovych asked Putin to use Russian armed forces to restore legality, peace, law and order, stability and protection of the population of Ukraine”. Recently, the investigative authorities. Who are the ex-President of treason, sent an official request to the Prosecutor General of Russia with a request to see the written text of the appeal. There answered. That the presidential Administration has not received any official appeals from Yanukovych.
That annexation was prepared carefully and in advance, evidenced by a medal “For returning Crimea”, awarded to military personnel. Date printed on the back of 20 February and 18 March.
“My son is a border guard. He served in the airport of Simferopol. When March 9, 2014 the Russians came with guns, and barricaded the door to the control room. The girls opened the window and told us to run. Left without a weapon. It was ordered to take several days before those events. The occupants broke in and smashed him in the face. Put on his knees and demanded to swear allegiance to the “people of Crimea”. Said that has recently sworn allegiance to the people of Ukraine. Son forehead has a gun, shoved it in his mouth the gun. Frightened that shoot. In the morning released. Bought champagne and drank honey just out of the bottle to get the taste of machine oil,” – said the journalist Natalia Zots.
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When Russia began to seize Crimea, women as well as men and defended the Peninsula from occupation.
“The airfield Belbek near Sevastopol was one of the first places where there were “little green men”. They came and stood beside her husband. It was scary, it was really scary. Imagine the truck is completely filled with servicemen in Balaclava, bullet-proof vests. All armed to the teeth, all Caucasian accent. It is clear that they were going to capture you,” recalled the wife of the former commander of the Sevastopol crew of tactical aircraft of the Air force Colonel Yuli Mamchur Larissa.
After the “accession” to Russia, Crimeans began to adapt to the new realities. The Russian passport have received only those Crimeans who had local residence on March 3, 2014. Pensions are counted unequally. Those pensioners who have extended retired in the first months of the “new government” received amounts, which are in the Moscow region. All other cash payments brought down to the level of the Krasnodar territory. In terms of the hryvnia was even less than the average Ukrainian pension. With mobile phones constantly having problems: his or not, or the rates too expensive for many people. Board of people does the same for the call into the next room, what kind of communication with Siberia. To solve all problems sent to the office of the Russian provider, which is located in Rostov. Federal bailiff service of Russia arrested the property of the Ukrainians on the Crimean Peninsula, which took out loans in the Ukrainian banks.
“And the Russians have us in Bali. For communal, I’m paying almost the same as my friend in the river. Soon I will pay even more. Examination in the clinic, I walked away without any queues and for ridiculous money. Prescribed medications cost nothing. In Crimea, there are none at all. With a normal job in the river better than us. The road – above all praise. Queues never seen before. Except on the banks supermarkets.”, – wrote a user with the nickname of the Crimean UKRAINIAN on the social network Twitter .
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As of February 25, in the occupied Crimea 12 dead, 17 missing, 39 political prisoners, 10 of whom have already been convicted .
The most requested are violated in Crimea, the rights of the Crimean Tatars. “Work can find only those Crimean Tatars, who were loyal to the occupiers. Only on those places which the authorities allocate to the Crimean Tatars for propaganda purposes. The employer by name learns that it appealed to Crimean Tatar. Beginning to ask tough questions: “is Better or worse to live? What has changed?” People unsophisticated answer – as is. And given their attitude to the occupiers. Employers – psychologists strong, catch it”, – commented Riza Shevko, Deputy Chairman of the “Mejlis” of the Crimean Tatar people.
The occupants give the appearance of culture. Finance of the Crimean Tatar ensembles, theater, and opened a radio. Early planted Russian flags. Now let the flag of the Crimean Tatars. At the concert, the audience leave because tired of living in constant fear . But it is not the development of the Crimean Tatar people, everything is done for pictures.
For 3 years of occupation of the Crimea was left by its 50 thousand persons. Half of these people – the Crimean Tatars.
“We believe if there were 300 thousand Crimean Tatars on the Peninsula, 20 thousand left. Others live in the Crimea. Wishes to the Ukrainian authorities, to Parliament, to the President to move from words to deeds and make a few laws. One of them is the status of the Crimean Tatar people, and to amend the Constitution of Ukraine about the Crimea, which today is autonomy, making the Crimea the Crimean Tatar autonomy within Ukraine. And it should be done, without waiting for de-occupation and liberation of the Crimea”, – said Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
After the third year of the annexation of the Crimea Russia has not yet decided on the “official” version of events. The candidate in presidents of Russia Grigory Yavlinsky urged to return Crimea to Ukraine and cease all military interventions in the internal Affairs of our country. The politician stressed that the Crimea – is the territory of Ukraine, which was annexed in defiance of all existing international law. And the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Ukraine itself is to blame for the annexation of the Crimea.
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Patriarch Filaret stated that the Orthodox Church split into two parts – at the Kiev and Moscow Patriarchates – have used Moscow during the occupation of the Crimea. “The Church would unite, would consolidate society in such a way that the aggressor would have no opportunity to interfere in these matters”, – said Filaret.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen today expressed the view that the real motive of annexation was Moscow’s desire to obtain strategic and military control over the Black sea.
Meanwhile, on the third anniversary of the Crimean resistance to the occupation of the people in many countries held a campaign “Crimea is Ukraine”. In Paris under the Eiffel tower came the members of the network of public diplomacy of Ukraine GlobalUkraine. About two dozen people unfurled Ukrainian flags and chanted “Crimea is Ukraine” and “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes.
“Resource Crimea completely exhausted for further development. Network, roads – all we need to change. In addition, we are under sanctions, can’t even import equipment and service. With credit resources problem, which also does not allow the business to fully develop,” – said recently at a press conference for local media, the self-proclaimed Chairman of the budget Committee Igor Lukashev.