As part of the civil organizations’ distinction the resistance to the Russian invasion of Crimea, an international campaign CRIME (A) was launched. As part of it, the public published a manifesto on Russia’s crimes on the peninsula [1], which points such thesis.

Crimea is a unique part of the world with rare flora and fauna, the homeland of indigenous people including Crimean Tatars, Karaites and Krymchaks, a center of international tourism, scientific research and world cultural heritage. As a result of the occupation, Crimea has been transformed into a military base – it has become a CRIME SCENE and a source of instability to the wider world.

We may be living in the 21st century but people are being persecuted, tortured and killed – here in Europe – and the national identity of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars is being destroyed. Adults are being forced to serve in the Russian army and children are being deprived of their right to be Ukrainian citizens as well as being forced into military service from an early age. Freedom of speech and free media are completely suppressed here. Civic activists are abducted and convicted, religious communities who are not loyal to the occupation authorities are ousted and the demographic and ethnic composition of the population is being artificially changed.

Citizens have limited access to water because natural resources are being used to meet the ever-growing needs of the Russian army and its militarization of the peninsula. There is an overwhelming abundance of one thing in Crimea and that is the lies. Russia uses all available methods of false propaganda to coerce the victims of its crimes to accept their captors and for the world to accept this act of aggression as an “act of mercy”.

As a result of its temporary occupation of Crimea – Russia has in fact declared war on the entire civilized world. It has actively sought to: illegally reshape international borders, propagate instability, breach international law, interfere in the elections of European countries and the United States.

It has ramped up its spread of misinformation and its use of hybrid technologies to ferment conflict and to create new hotspots around the world, creating migration crises, shooting down MH17 as well as using chemical weapons against its own citizens in Russia and abroad.

We are convinced that:

– this crime must be recognized at all levels and the criminal must be punished;

– all people illegally detained by the occupation “authorities” must be released;

– governments and parliaments of the world should impose and strengthen sanctions against Russia and those involved in crimes and human rights violations until Crimea is fully liberated from Russian terror which is posing a threat, not just to the region, but to the wider world;

– all civilized people who value freedom and justice must join forces against aggression and persecution and spread this manifesto and join it. Until the last Russian soldier leaves the Ukrainian peninsula, the entire world and all international organizations must know that Crimea is Russia’s crime zone. A crime that cannot be ignored and that cannot go unpunished.

Association of Reintegration of Crimea supports this manifesto.

1. https://crimea.support/manifesto/manifesto-en.pdf