The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine opened the exhibition project – Being Yourself Is Not a Crime, focused on prosecution of Crimean Tatars by Russia in temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol as the ministry reported.
“In the building of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine in Kyiv, the exhibition Being Yourself Is Not a Crime is opened; it is dedicated to the problem of prosecution by Russia of Crimean Tatars in Crimea and children that suffered as a result of it,” the message said.
The exhibition tells about the fates of the children of Crimean Tatars – political prisoners who were illegally deprived of freedom by Russian occupation authorities on fabricated charges.
First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine and author of the project Emine Dzhaparova noted that the number of children in Crimea who ‘left without parents as a result of criminal actions of Russia in Crimea’ constantly grows. In 2016, there were about 50 children, while today the issue is about almost 200 children without parents.
Opening the exhibition, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba noted that 2021 is a special year in the fight of Ukraine for the return of Crimea as the work on the launch of the international Crimean Platform takes place and the holding of its constitutive summit in August 2021.
On February 17, the Russian Security Service (FSB) conducted searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars located in the annexed Crimea - at least six people were detained.
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry protested against Russia's illegal activities - cases of illegal searches and detentions in the occupied Crimea.