“We planned to go to Crimea and organize iftar (evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.) to share the joy of Ramadan with our compatriots, as it used to be in the previous years. We traveled through the Ukrainian mainland, but new rules made this procedure very complicated. We just cannot move anywhere. We arrived on Thursday, and, as it was discovered later, a special resolution had been needed. Then we appealed to the Migration Service of Ukraine in Kherson, but still there is no answer for the fourth day. Thereby, we are not able to get to Crimea ", - said the representative of the Crimean Tatar diaspora Shevket Ondyuch on Sunday, July 5 .
"Ukraine must review the rules, which regulate the entry to Crimea. It is unacceptable to create so much difficulties for foreigners, who want reach the peninsula from mainland Ukraine", - said Ondyuch.
Since June, foreigners must apply to the Ukrainian authorities for permission to enter Crimea. Usually permit takes several days. This fact forces many people to enter the Crimea from the Russian side. Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, MP Refat Chubarov began consultations in the Cabinet of Ministers to amend the order of entry in the Crimea from Ukraine.
Getting back to the question of crossing the borders, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Olexander Turchynov announced that before July 7 the ATO area will supplied with electronic checkpoints.
“The new access control system in the ATO area will save the time, improve the quality of authorizations, eliminate corruption of ID cards issuance and allows you to get rid of the queues at checkpoints, "- said Turchynov.