Crimean collaborators, including the fake “head of the republic” Sergei Aksyonov, began refuting reports from “Russian tour operators” that Russians’ demand for holidays in Crimea had fallen by 40-45 %, calling it as “Ukrainian misinformation”. Aksyonov in general “solemnly promises” ten million Russian tourists on the peninsula in 2022.

However, as already predicted, Russia’s illegal air connections with the occupied peninsula will not be guaranteed in the summer of 2022, and rail connections will be able to ensure illegal entry into the Crimea from Russia by September 2022, no more than 800,000 people. The statistics of illegal crossings of the “Kerch Bridge”, published by the Russian occupiers, are also characteristic, which allegedly amounted to 18 million vehicles during the four full years of its operation.

Therefore, during the year, no more than 2 million vehicles arrived illegally on the peninsula on a round-trip basis, a significant part of which is freight transport and Crimean residents’ and Russian colonizers’ departures to the neighboring territories of Russia itself, primarily for commercial purposes. According to experts, the peninsula thus received up to a million “Russian tourists” a year in the run-up to the large-scale aggression, and this figure is now likely to decline.

It is noteworthy that in the spring of 2022 the Russian invaders declared, for the purpose of propaganda, the illegal transportation of “tourists” from the Caucasus to Yalta and Sevastopol by sea. Earlier, the aggressor spent 1.8 billion rubles on this, built two ships of the project “Comet 120M”, but they are currently defective and unsuitable for constant navigation.

Therefore, the aggressor-controlled “Sevastopol Seaport” and the “carrier company” are currently canceling such trips until July without explanation and even asking the Russian military to “officially block” the Black Sea waters south of Crimea for passenger traffic as a “justification” for their respective failures.

At the same time, the occupiers claim that more than 160,000 people have been transferred to the Crimea from the aggressor-occupied south of mainland Ukraine. However, the “aid” of 10,000 rubles announced by the aggressor to them was allegedly “paid” on the peninsula only for 6.7 thousand displaced persons, and only 258 “refugees” were allegedly “employed” in the Crimea and Sevastopol this spring.

This is confirmed by the fact that residents of Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions are forced to use Russia-occupied Crimea exclusively as transit for further travel through Russia to third countries and for return to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.

Other ways to escape from the Russia-occupied territories are difficult for the population; For example, more than 4,000 vehicles have been blocked by the Russian invaders for several days to leave Kherson for Kryvyi Rih, and another humanitarian catastrophe is currently taking place in the relevant column.