The leader of the Crimean-Tatar people, member of the Ukrainian Parliament Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed his hope that the statement made by the new President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko regarding the return of Crimea to Ukraine becomes reality. However he assured that the Crimean Tatars would not resort to violence over their unwillingness to live on the peninsula annexed by Russia. Mustafa Dzhemilev also stated that currently the Crimean Tatars have lost their most important achievement under Russian occupation – freedom. Continue reading →
Kyiv – Ukraine, in the clash with Russia, should depend only on its own Armed Forces, by reforming them with the help of the West. And they must not count on joining the NATO in the next several days. This way the Ukrainian experts commented the statement of the head of the Polish MFA regarding the fact that Ukraine’s membership in the alliance is not on the daily agenda to Radio Svoboda. Meanwhile the experts do not exclude the accession to the NATO in the far future.
Teenagers from the temporarily occupied Crimea are departing to spend part of their summer in a Russian military sports camp called “Gvardiya”, which is set up on a military units base in the Nizhegorod and Penza Oblasts in Russia.
The first 40 schoolchildren from the annexed Crimea have already left for the camp. These are students of the specialized boarding school in Kerch and the Crimean gymnasium for gifted children. The boys are going to be prepared for “stern tests of a soldier’s lifestyle,” writes the Commander in Chief, reports Censor.NET. Continue reading →
Russian presidential advisor Sergei Glazyev proposes that Russia strike the Ukrainian army to prevent it from getting stronger.
A UNIAN correspondent in Russia reports that Sergei Glazyev said during a roundtable in Moscow, “I recall the words of Churchill: whoever, choosing between shame and war, chooses shame, gets war and shame at the same time. This modern war. This does not mean that we need to move our tanks in Kyiv, but we at least have the right to stop the genocide of the population,” he said.
“It’s enough to close the sky and use the same mechanism of suppression of military equipment which was used by the US in Libya. The US initially closed the sky, then shot armored vehicles, artillery, aviation from the air. This way the US rendered the regime with which they fought incapable of combat. We still have the opportunity to do so now, but within six months, such an opportunity will not be possible,” said Sergei Glazyev. Continue reading →
Simferopol – In the end of February 2014, the former Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea, already having held a session at gunpoint of the “green men,” appointed Sergey Aksionov, the leader of the now banned and disbanded (in Ukraine) party “Russian Unity,” head of the Council of Ministers of Crimea. Since that day, 100 days have passed, but this fact is being modestly kept quiet in Crimea – no commentary or mention. Only ITAR-TASS “celebrated” the historical date with a verbose interview with the “birthday boy.” Continue reading →
Ruslan Yugosh, one of the founders of the portal “Sobytiya Kryma”, stated about attempts of pressure on him as a journalist by the Crimean police.
As he noted, they started pressuring him by calling his 73-year-old mother in for questioning: “I can’t say that deep inside I wasn’t ready for attempts of “having influence” on me. But I never thought it would be by such an unnatural way. Having found that I don’t live in Crimea at the moment, police officers for some purpose decided to call in for questioning my 73-year-old mother – an elderly and ill person with hypertension. First they broke into the place where she lived and the next day they called her to witness at the far end of the city. And there were no official documents for that,” he wrote on Facebook. Continue reading →
Soon a new battalion called “Crimea”, consisting of Crimean Tatars, will join the National Guard.
Crimean Tatar people are ready to play a role in freeing Ukraine from the terrorists that receive orders from Russia, activist Oleksiy Arestovych announced via his Facebook page. “The Crimean Tatar People battalion “Crimea” will soon join other Ukrainian volunteer battalions,” he states.
At the same time Arestovych quotes one of the leaders of the forming organization. “First, we will free the East of Ukraine together with Ukrainians, and after that we will take back Crimea,” says one of the Crimean Tatars.
Also, Oleksiy Arestovych tells about the arising spirit of patriotism among the Crimean Tatar People, and asserts that “for 23 years Crimean Tatars held a pro-Ukrainian political stance. They are a great nation. Judging by the movie “Haytarma” [a recently released film depicting the deportation of the Crimean Tatars], the culture of these people is entering its prime.”
Finally, Oleksiy said that, according to his forecast, “technical and cultural progress of the future Ukraine is directly connected to the nationwide rebirth of the Crimean Tatar culture. Their readiness to join the fight for Ukraine’s independence is the best proof of that.”
Kyiv-Cherkasy – The premier of a play staged by Simferopol director Anton Romanov, who left Crimea after the Russia’s occupation, took place in Cherkasy. He dedicated his first performance in the Cherkasy Drama Theatre, an absurd comedy “Breakfast with the Enemy,” to the latest events in Ukraine and his colleagues Oleg Sentsov, who is currently under arrest in Moscow, and Pavlo Yurov, who is being held hostage in Slovyansk. Radio Svoboda spoke with the director about Crimea, the war and about what the people on opposite sides of the barricades have in common. Continue reading →
Mustafa Dzhemilev announced that he will give €100,000 out of the €1 million award he received with the Polish Solidarity Prize to the bereaved families of Heaven’s Hundred and the families of the soldiers killed during the anti-terrorist operation in Eastern Ukraine, reports Ukrinform.
“The only caveat is that, as it turns out, the award may not be spent for humanitarian purposes. However, on that issue I was able to persuade them to allow me to allocate at least €100,000 to provide assistance to the families of Heaven’s Hundred, who died on Maidan for our sake, and to the families of those who died during the anti-terrorist operation. They [the Polish] didn’t have heart to say ‘No, it is not allowed’,” says the former head Mejli. Continue reading →
Seventy years have passed since all of the Crimean Tatar people were forcibly deported from their homeland on the decision of the Stalin’s regime. Detention of the Crimean Tatar people in the places of exile continued until November 1989. During this time the Crimean Tatars have suffered widespread repression by the Soviet regime. This resulted in mass deaths among Crimean Tatars, the majority of whom were elderly people, women and children. Within the first years of exile alone, the Crimean Tatars lost 46.2% of their population.
An eloquent illustration of these misfortunes can be found in the memoirs of those who survived, and in the few photographs carefully preserved by the deported families.
“I was born in 1932 in the village of Koz, Sudak District. When I had finished three grades, the war began. I never got the chance to continue my schooling.
“When the deportation began, our father was not with us; he was on the front. Our mum and the six of us kids were thrown out of the house by the soldiers. Continue reading →