In his speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, broadcasted by 112.UA, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Crimea turned into a territory of repressions, where one could be imprisoned for a repost on social media.
"Anyone disagreeing with Kremlin risk their freedom and even life. Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars get arrested even for posts in social networks or, as it was in case of Crimean farmer Volodymyr Balukh in December 2016, for putting a Ukrainian national flag on a private residence. Persecution of the leaders of the Mejlis – the representative organ of Crimean Tatars, whose activities were banned by the Russian occupiers continues." the President said.
He went on to say that the international community must stay vigilant on the Crimean issue, in order to prevent a new genocide of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars.
"The ICJ urged Russia to refrain from maintaining or imposing limitations on the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to conserve its representative institutions, including the Mejlis, and to ensure the right for Ukrainian citizens to study in Ukrainian language. Such disregard of Russia’s international obligations must receive proper response of the international community," the President added.
As it was reported earlier, Poroshenko is currently on a working visit to New York for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.
On September 19, Ukrainian Head of State held negotiations with Presidents of Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini.