This statement on the anniversary of the capture of the peninsula was made by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy Joseph Borrellreported on the website of the Council of Europe… He also recalled the repression by the occupiers.
Borrell stressed that the EU condemns Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol and pledged support for diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is also ready to consider specific ideas of Kiev in this direction.
“The human rights situation in Crimea has deteriorated significantly. The inhabitants of the peninsula are subject to systematic restrictions on their fundamental freedoms, such as expression of will, freedom of religion, freedom of participation in associations, and the right to peaceful assembly,” he stressed.
The High Representative added that journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers face intimidation and interference in their activities, and Crimean Tatars are subjected to unacceptable persecution and gross violations of their rights.
As reported OBOZREVATELOn February 24, it became known that the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported suspicion in violation of the laws and customs of war to the occupation “leaders” of the peninsula, Sergei Aksenov and Vladimir Konstantinov. They are suspected of large-scale and systematic appropriation of public property located on the territory of the occupied Crimea.