Helsinki Commission Chairman Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) and Co-Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (MS) issued the following statement: By definition, citizens living under armed occupation lack the freedom to determine their collective destiny. According to the website of Commission on security and cooperation in Europe, Crimean Tatars and activists who object to the illegal Russian occupation, including Oleg Sentsov, are targets of persecution and violence by the Government of Russia.
Analysts at Bloomberg Economics, citing a study published by Scott Johnson, over the past five years of occupation of Crimea, the economy of the Russian Federation has decreased by more than 10 percent - or 150 billion dollars - compared to 2013. It is due to the fall in oil prices, but otherwise it is the impact of sanctions and other factors. This is reported on the website of "Bloomberg".
Five years ago, on March 18, 2014, Sergey Kokurin an ensign of the Ukrainian military unit in Crimea was shot dead by the Russian military. He became the second victim of Russian occupants on the peninsula. He was killed by two shots - in the head and in the heart area - from AK-47 during the assault of the 13th photogrammetric center in Simferopol. During the assault, Kokurin stationed on watch of the observation tower of the military unit. The prosecutor's office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea opened a criminal case under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("murder").
"Freedom to Crimea! #LIBERATECRIMEA": an action marking the 5th anniversary of the occupation of Crimea was held in Bulgaria
The action "Freedom to Crimea! #LIBERATECRIMEA", dedicated to the 5th anniversary of resistance to the Russian occupation was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event was also held in order to remind Bulgarian society that the struggle for independence and the right to a Euro-Atlantic choice continues in Ukraine, - reports "Glavkom".
The EU reiterates its call for the immediate release of Oleh Sentsov, Edem Bekirov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Mykola Semena, Volodymyr Balukh, Emir-Usein Kuku and all those who have been detained in the Crimean peninsula and sentenced in breach of international law as well as the illegally captured Ukrainian crewmembers unconditionally and without further delay. This is stated in the declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
An exhibition of posters #LIBERATECRIMEA on resisting Russian aggression in Ukraine was opened on Chongar
On Saturday, March 16, an exhibition of posters of the international movement for the de-occupation of Crimea and solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people #LIBERATECRIMEA, marking the 5th anniversary of resistance to the Russian aggression in Ukraine was held in the service zone of the Chongar checkpoint on the administrative border with the occupied Crimea. The exhibition will be open until March 31.
On Monday, March 18, at 16-00, in Bratislava (Slovakia) a flash mob in the frameworkof the action "United by the flag - #LIBERATECRIMEA", will be held in Bratislava where the activists of the international movement #LIBERATECRIMEA will unfold and sign the Crimean-Tatar flag, which travels during 9 months around the world and on June 26, on the day of the Crimean Tatar flag, will return back to Kyiv.
The wife of Marlen Asanov, the figurant of the "Hizb ut-Tahrir" case was denied meetings with her husband.
On Thursday, March 14, the Supreme "court" of Crimea rejected the appeal of Ayshe Asanova the wife of Marlen Asanov, the figurant of the "Hizb ut-Tahrir " case. She was refused meetings with her husband. This was said by Ayshe Asanova, reports "Crimean Solidarity".
On Thursday, March 14, the Supreme "court" of Crimea extended the term of detention of civic journalist Nariman Memediminov until May 16. The defense submitted five motions, but all of them were rejected. It was reported by "Crimean solidarity".
On Thursday, March 14, a picket against Russian aggression was held on Schumann Square in Brussels, where the main institutions of the European Union are located. The participants of the action spoke in support of the Ukrainian POWs and handed out leaflets with relevant information to passersby. The picket was organized by the Belarusian patriots of Ukraine. Local Ukrainians and activists of the international movement #LIBERATECRIMEA joined the event.