First results of Crimean blockade
Not a one cargo truck yet crossed the border with the annexed peninsula
The blockade of administrative border with the occupied Crimea, which started at yesterday`s noon, is still going on.
The main aim of the blockade is to regain attention to the issue of Crimea occupation, and on the receipt of the news, the Majlis chairman Mustafa Dzhemilev announced 5 concrete demands to Crimean authorities:
- Exemption of Ukrainian political prisoners who are kept under arrest in Crimea and in Russia: Akhtem Chyihoz, Mustafa Dehermendzhi, Ali Asanov, Tahir Smedliaiev, Oleksandr Kostenko, and also Nadiia Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Gennadiy Afanasieva nd others
- Removing unlawful interference for the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian media, unimpeded admission of foreign journalists and international observers to the Crimea;
- Crimea unimpeded access to international journalists and human rights observers.
- Termination of politically motivated criminal and administrative prosecution of Ukrainian citizens in Crimea.
- Removal of a ban on entry to the Crimea leaders of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov, the activists of the national movement Ismet Yuksel and Sinaver Kadyrov".
Activists from yesterday, September 20, are blocking all three crossing points on the peninsula: Chongar, Kalanchak and Chaplinka - on the ground not to give a pass to trucks with food to the peninsula occupied by Russian Federation. The initiators of the protes action are Crimean Tatar activists and the Majlis member, also the blocking activity is supported by representatives of the Right Sector, self-defense and volunteer battalions. The protection of public order on the place of event is provided by the battalion of special purpose "Kherson".
Reportedly, the first day and night of blockade passed over calmly. No one truck so far have passed the border with the Crimea, State Border Service reports. In general, near all the crossing points on the border with Crimea there are more then two hundred of trucks stopped. The situation remains peaceful and fully-controlled, the Ministry of Internal Affairs claims.
Activists say that the strike is ongoing. And as it was reported before, the trading blocade might exceed to the cessation of the electricity delivery to the annexed peninsula.
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