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Help of international partners needed to stop arrests of Ukrainians in Crimea, - Prystaiko

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said the country had limited possibilities in protection of Ukrainians in Crimea
08:10, 12 October 2019

Vadym Prystaiko, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine
Unian

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko believes is possible to counteract the arrests of Ukrainians in the annexed Crimea only with the help of international partners. It was reported by Radio Liberty.

Foreign Minister noted that Ukraine hoped the arrests of citizens of the country in Crimea would stop after 35 for 35 exchange of prisoners.

“The only mechanism we have today is pressure on our international partners,” Prystaiko said.

The minister added that the country had limited possibilities in protection of Ukrainians from the FSB of the Russian Federation in the occupied territory.

Related: Crimea’s prosecutor’s office begins criminal proceeding toward illegal arrest of pro-Ukrainian activist

“We are always glad to see people who would like to live with us on our territory, and it is our responsibility, it is the responsibility of our people and the government to create conditions for these people to move at least temporarily and continue to live here. But it’s difficult without the help of our Western partners to ensure their rights and protect their rights in Crimea,” Prystaiko said.

As it was reported earlier, pro-Ukrainian activist Oleh Prykhodko from Saky was detained in annexed Crimea on October 10. Russian FSB accused Ukrainian Prykhodko of preparing explosion in Saky.

Related: Ukraine does not have Steinmeier formula for Crimea, - Zelensky

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