Over the past two years, our Association has repeatedly covered conflicts between groups of Crimean collaborators over access to “budget funds”, corruption schemes, and looted Ukraine’s plots and property. We also pointed out the relatively insignificant influence of people from the group of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych on the events on the peninsula since 2015. Currently, after the start of a large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the mood of collaborators has significantly fragmented.

We have already written about the caution of a large number of “officials” and “public figures” in public support for Russian aggression. Also in the first days of the large-scale offensive among Crimean “officials” there was widespread hope of their mass appointment by the occupiers to the newly created “people’s authorities” in Southern Ukraine. However, mass protests by the population of Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts, which began in early March, 2022 against Russian occupation and the inability of Crimean collaborators to work together with the Crimean FSB to provide “mass” for the formation of fake “people’s administrations” led to a “vector change” in the Kremlin. At present, Russia’s special services have used Natalia Poklonskaya as the “extra” tool a corresponding propaganda operation, which has aroused the sincere indignation of the residents of the Kherson region, who are well aware of both the “rich” past and the insignificant present of this Russia-controlled character.

Currently, Crimean “officials” are practically not involved in the events in Southern Ukraine and instead Russia plans to involve their “colleagues” from Donetsk and Luhansk, who became not only accomplices of the aggressor during the years of occupation, but literally – perpetrators of murders and tortures of hundreds of Ukrainian citizens. Thus, the aggressor is more confident in their full loyalty and readiness to kill, rob and torture the inhabitants of Southern Ukraine. This situation of obvious distrust confuses Crimean collaborators, especially individual Crimean Tatars, who are sober about the prospects for repression on the peninsula, particularly in the face of the consolidation of Russian Nazism.

Crimean collaborators became even more confused after rumors spread by Russian propaganda that Russia had allegedly “appointed” Viktor Yanukovych as a head of the fake “transitional Ukrainian government”. After all, these collaborators are well aware of the complete lack of authority and influence of the ex-president convicted of treason, not only among the citizens and political forces of Ukraine, but also for collaborators and their Kremlin masters. However, currently the problem of the “transitional government” is being discussed by Crimean collaborators in an applied dimension, namely as a form of “legalization” of such “government” of Ukrainian property stolen in 2014 in the Crimea. But so far, even in those circles, the most skeptical on these issues prevail.