Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov called an attempt to assimilate the population of Crimea, where 500,000 Russians were brought from mainland Russia, a war crime. For this violation of an international convention, Russia will be held accountable in the international legal sense, Reznikov said in an interview with Dom TV channel.
"As for the fate of these people who were brought in. They are not citizens of Ukraine - they came either voluntarily or by force, but they are, in fact, accomplices of this crime, which is being committed by Russia, the Kremlin. Therefore, their fate ... I do not like the word "deportation", it carries the spirit of the Stalinist regime. But Ukrainian legislation provides for expulsion from the country. This is the right of any country if there is an undesirable person in it," the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the law on particular measures aiming for de-occupation and reintegration of the Crimean peninsula.
Besides, Zelensky noted that the government is ordered to organize and launch the Crimean Platform and implement events on the development and support of Crimean Tatar language, culture and protection of the citizens of annexed Crimea.
"I have signed the order aiming for de-occupation and reintegration of the Crimean peninsula. I truly believe that the day will come when I can cancel my own order because it has lost its relevance and Crimea returns to the composition of Ukraine,” the president said.
Moreover, the head of the state addressed the citizens of the occupied peninsula in Russian language and urged them to return home.