Ukraine will not forcibly deport the half-million Russians relocated to Crimea after returning temporarily occupied peninsula. This was stated by the Deputy Head of the President's Office Ihor Zhovkva in an interview with Left Bank.
"We certainly cannot violate the rights of these people, just as we cannot violate international conventions on humanitarian law. There can be no forced deportation. If that happens, the world will tell us that we are the same as the Russians. This cannot be allowed," Zhovkva said.
He added that there are many people ready to return to Crimea after its liberation:
"And it's not just the Crimean Tatars: people of different nationalities fled from the Crimea to the territory controlled by Ukraine. I think that we need to consult on this issue now, including with international humanitarian organizations," Zhovkva added.
Earlier, OHCHR documented 43 enforced disappearances in Crimea since its occupation.
Foreign Ministers of G7 countries condemned the ongoing actions of Russia on the disruption of the sovereignty of Ukraine, territorial integrity and independence. G7 are still fully committed to the implementation of sanctions and will continue to stand with Ukraine in support of its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. Crimea is Ukraine.