“I wish the post of the EU special representative in occupied Crimea would be introduced. Because the crises that took place near Europe, they took place in Europe and they deserve special attention,” Kuleba said.
The foreign minister reported that Russia systematically oppresses the minorities and any groups that do not agree with the Russian occupation of Crimea.
“Russia russianizes Crimea. Crimean Tatar Mejlis – the representational body – is banned. The education in the Ukrainian language is available only for 0.2% of students in Crimea. It is the clear violation of the international humanitarian right,” the minister underlined.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, invading the Ukrainian peninsula and holding the illegal referendum; based on its trumped-up results, the Russian Parliament decided to approve the "reunification" of Crimea with mainland Russia. Ukraine, in turn, defined February 20, 2014, as the beginning of the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Western governments and organizations NGOs do not recognize the act of annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.