Russia brought about half a million of its citizens to the territory of the annexed Crimea. This was announced at a meeting of the UN General Assembly on February 23 by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the organization Serhiy Kislitsa, the newspaper’s correspondent reports. “GORDON”.
“Even in the era of COVID-19, contrary to the UN Security Council resolution, the occupying power seeks to destroy the identity of Ukrainians and the indigenous people of the peninsula – Crimean Tatars. Russia has already resettled 500,000 of its citizens to Crimea in order to reduce the proportion of ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. Since the beginning of the occupation, 25% of the local population has already changed, “said Serhiy Kislitsa, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Russia occupied Crimea after illegal referendum on March 16, 2014… The accession of the peninsula to the Russian Federation is not recognized by Ukraine and most countries of the world. At the moment, there is a checkpoint regime between mainland Ukraine and Crimea, and Kiev does not de facto control the peninsula.
In October 2020, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova announced that Russia was actively colonizing Crimea. “We have different numbers, but even according to Russian statistics, about 100 thousand Russians have moved to Crimea. The unofficial figure is five times higher. We believe that at least half a million Russian citizens are already in Crimea“- she said.
The Russian-controlled “department of the federal state statistics service for Crimea and Sevastopol” reported in January this year about 205 559 citizens of the Russian Federationwho moved to the peninsula after its annexation.