Crimea blockade to start Sunday at noon

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2015/09/16 • Crimea, News

Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine announced in a parliamentary session in Kyiv that Crimean Tatars would block all trucks carrying goods into Russian-annexed Crimea on September 20.

He pointed out that individuals and cars crossing the border would not be stopped.

“This will be an ongoing campaign.” he said, urging everyone to join the protest movement.

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Refat Chubarov

The protest headquarters will be stationed at Chongar (Kherson Oblast), one of the three border checkpoints with Crimea.

Chubarov also stressed that all relations with the free economic zone of Crimea should be abolished. They had been previously approved by the Ukrainian parliament. The Crimean Tatars are in favour of a free economic zone in Kherson Oblast, which borders occupied Crimea.

He called on the deputies to consider and adopt laws regulating specific issues on cooperation between Ukraine and the occupied peninsula.

Experts state that the campaign to block the import of Ukrainian goods to the Crimea is a direct response to corruption. Ukrainian authorities and President Petro Poroshenko have not yet commented on the intention of the Crimean Tatars to block the administrative borders between Crimea and mainland Ukraine.

Russian authorities in Crimea called this “food blockade a most destructive measure”. The speaker of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov said that Crimea was ready “to replace Ukraine”.

 

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • Jens A

    “Ready to replace Ukraine”? He really must have an impressive low IQ. It was Russia who forced Ukraine out of Crimea and Ukraine does of course not have ANY obligations at all to support Putin and his fellow thugs at Crimea! Sad for the people who for the majority’s part are innocent, but only by making Crimea an economic disaster for Putin, can Crimea come back home where it should be!

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      It already is an economic disaster area. Tourism, the peninsula’s main source of income, has collapsed. This year was pretty much the same as last year, with Ukrainians staying away again and the Dwarfstanian tourists being insuficient to compensate. 2016 won’t be better with Dwarfstan’s economy going down and Ukrainians probably preferring to donate their spare cash to the army rather than spend it in a territory whose leaders hate them.
      As for “Crimea ready to replace Ukraine”, with what???? Replacement goods can only come from Dwarfstan: either by air or the Kerch ferry which will experience problems at least during winter. Either way, prices will go up significantly.

    • Jens A

      10 points for fiction. Now go get your kopek from Vova.

      • Jens A

        Yeah right! Talk to your friends in the Absurd-i-stans and Zimbabwe. They think you are clever and wise. As I always say, Mugabe and Putler are really the same and have a lot in common.

        • Jens A

          Videoen profile = Trolling Putlerists. You cannot be taken serious.