Since the beginning of March, Russian propaganda in Crimea has reported on “collecting and sending humanitarian aid” to Russian-occupied settlements in the Kherson and Zaporizhia Regions. As part of this special operation, the aggressor planned to involve local collaborators and direct agents of his influence, primarily in Henichesk, Nova Kakhovka and Kherson. Families of collaborators, Russian colonizers, and the general criminal element were also brought in en masse from the occupied Crimea for this purpose. In Kherson and Melitopol, mobile communications were cut off and Russian television stations began broadcasting, and the aggressor blocked the supply of aid to the occupied under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Under the auspices of the distribution of Crimean “humanitarian aid”, the population instigated by the provocateurs, according to the occupiers, was to declare “people’s power” under the aggressor’s control.

This plan of the occupiers was not realized. The mass refusal of Ukrainian citizens to receive “humanitarian aid” from the Russian invaders deprived the aggressor of the desired “picture”. Moreover, mass rallies of patriotic residents of Kherson and Melitopol took place on March 5 in opposition to Russian aggression, occupation, and crimes against humanity committed by the invaders. On March 6, 2022, similar rallies took place in Nova Kakhovka and Novooleksiyivka, with the local Crimean Tatar community taking an active part in the events in the Henichesk district. Representatives of the indigenous diaspora of the Crimea also take an active part in daily prayers for peace and unity of Ukraine in Melitopol.