Italian Media: Kiev Doesn’t Intend to Defend the Rights of Crimeans, But Is Interested Only in the Territory

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Italian publication L’AntiDiplomatico wrote that Ukraine isn’t going to fight to return the Crimean people’s sympathy – it needs only the territory, and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People is needed as the tool of putting pressure on Russia.

European journalists note that the government in Kiev flirts with the Mejlis, promising them national autonomy, but only to receive dividends on the standoff between supporters of this group and the pro-Russian population of the peninsula.

“It is supposed that Kiev intends to use the politically active strength of the Tatars of the Mejlis (The Congress of the Tatar Crimean people) just for the organisation of anti-Russian public events on the territories bordering Crimea.

Ukraine plays the ‘Crimean’ card, without yielding to the Tatars concerning the main question that led to the annexation – recognition of autonomy (which the Tatars tried to receive in recent years, both from the Kiev government and from the USSR). The same government in Kiev, which until 2014 refused to recognise the Mejlis as a legal entity, used it exclusively to confront Slavic (pro-Russian) public organisations on the peninsula,” it is noted in the article.

The journalists of the publication came to such conclusions having analysed the plan for “countering Russian aggression” recently submitted by the fake “permanent mission of the president of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”.

“The government in Kiev doesn’t intend to defend the rights of the residents of Crimea, it is interested only in the territory. In fact, the document clearly speaks about a plan to restrict Crimea’s power supply, implementing a ban on the activity of Crimean companies on the territory of Ukraine, etc. This entire plan is aimed at putting strong pressure on Russia, as well as defending the economic interests of Ukraine, but not of the population of the peninsula in any way, which didn’t influence the Kiev government even before occupation in 2014. Unfortunately, Ukraine, having developed this plan of action, hasn’t taken into account neither Crimea nor its inhabitants,” writes the publication.

According to the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Aleksey Zhuravko, the appearance of such an article in the European press demonstrates the “recovery” of Europe.

“Even Europe understands that the authorities of Kiev use Crimea and the Tatars as a tool against Russia, against their own people, and nobody is going to return Crimea – they are only engaged in manipulation and embezzling money from the budget,” wrote Zhuravko on his blog.

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