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The blockade of Crimea: activists stop traffic at border with Kherson region

The administrative border with Russian-occupied Crimea have been blocked by Crimean Tatars and representatives of patriotic organizations of Kherson region to prevent trucks with commodities from entering the peninsula
Blockade on the Crimea-Kherson region border

An action on blocking roads started in Kherson region near checkpoints at the administrative border with Russian-occupied Crimea to prevent trucks with commodities from entering the peninsula, Joinfo.ua reports.

Earlier MP Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, President of the World Crimean Tatar Congress, announced that Crimean Tatar activists are going to block the administrative border with Crimea on September 20-21. Considering the publicity of the action, the movement “Right Sector” has decided to join their efforts to block border.

According to Chubarov, the reason for the blockade is not just the oppression of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea, but also because “the Crimean issue is getting forgotten” during international negotiations. He also said that the blockade is the result of the “unsuccessful actions of the government which inflict additional suffering on people.”

Chubarov also called on the Ukrainian Cabinet to address the issue of creating the so-called food hubs in Ukrainian territory close to the administrative border with occupied Crimea. In his words, this will allow entrepreneurs to work transparently, and money will remain in Ukraine, namely in Kherson region.

Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umer said on TV that Crimean Tatars, who live on the territory of the peninsula, will not participate in the action, fearing repressions from the occupational authorities. According to Umerov, people are afraid that in the future the occupation authorities will not allow the supporters to live peacefully in Crimea. And now the authorities have already prepared preventive actions in this regard.

So, accordingly to Remzi Ilyasov, Vice-Speaker of the Crimean Parliament, most of the Crimean Tatars, who learned about the possible blockade of the Crimea, strongly protested against such actions and are going to visit the administrative border to protest such actions. “At the meetings with the Crimean Tatars in different regions of the peninsula, we can see that people are going to visit the border, and say to those who would block the border that you can not speak on behalf of all of the Crimean people. Crimeans do not really want it,” – Ilyasov said.

Crimean authorities have stated that the blockade of the Crimea will be suppressed by force. First Deputy of Prime Minister of Crimea spoke, calling the food blockade – delirium.

Observers of the situation on the border with the Kherson region argue that there quietly, but their strength is powerful enough to resolve the various issues and possible unrest. Experts say that the Crimean side is ready to comply with situations requiring settlement as to any provocative actions.