The Crimean Tatar Resource Center has been operating for more than seven years. During this time, a lot of work has been done at the local, national and international levels. We are directing all our efforts towards the non-violent de-occupation, reintegration and sustainable development of Crimea, as well as the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
With the outbreak of a full-scale war, we did not change our direction of activity, because we always fought for the independence of our country. We have only intensified our work in this direction.
Before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we systematically monitored and recorded human rights violations in the occupied Crimea, and after February 24, we realized that we needed to expand our geography. Therefore, we began to record violations of rights in the South of Ukraine (in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions). This activity is very important, because in order to bring all the perpetrators to justice, we need to have clear and documented cases of Russian crimes.
In addition, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center continues to collect information on human rights violations and war crimes in the newly occupied territories, as well as the testimony of IDPs and refugees, using a previously developed questionnaire.
As a result of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, dozens of public activists became forced migrants. Since 2014, all of them have actively participated in the struggle for the restoration of justice and the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Despite the difficult situation, these people continue to fight for our victory, but they themselves need support. Therefore, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center supported them by providing humanitarian assistance. Thus, we wanted to motivate activists not to stop and continue to fight further.
The CTRC team also believes that in such a difficult time it is important to maintain the spirit and unity of the entire Ukrainian people. To this end, we systematically conduct information campaigns designed to unite the citizens of Ukraine.
During the period of a full-scale war, we conducted 4 such informational campaigns, informed more than 2 million people. As part of these campaigns, we talked about the situation in the occupied Crimea, about the cultural diversity of our country, and introduced the history of indigenous peoples.
In addition, as part of this activity, we carry out board campaigns throughout Ukraine. Our posters were placed in such cities as Kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil, Kropyvnytskyy, Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lutsk, Rivne and others.
The CTRC continues to monitor the state of the Crimean ecosystem. Recently there was a presentation of a study by experts from the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Ecological and climatic discrimination in the occupied Crimea: dimensions and threats.
The CTRC team is actively working with the indigenous peoples of the world, including the Russian Federation, so that they condemn the actions of Russia and oppose the power of the occupying country.
Experts of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center continue to implement the Law of Ukraine On Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine. And already on August 23, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a regulatory legal act The procedure for securing the legal status of the representative body of the indigenous people of Ukraine and depriving such status.
Of course, we continue to inform about the situation in the occupied Crimea and the occupied territories of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions on international platforms.
We remind you that the war in Ukraine began back in 2014, when the Russian Federation illegally occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. For more than 8 years we continue to resist. And our victory must end with the restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. In Crimea – it has begun… In Crimea – it will end!