Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Opposition Bloc“ Evgeny Balitsky went on holiday in Crimea and asked locals why they voted in the referendum for the peninsula’s entry into the structure of Russia. The politician spoke about this on the air of the “NewsOne“ TV channel.
“While spending some of my vacation in Crimea, I communicated with a lot of Ukrainians, our people. There are people who twist a finger on their temple, and say: ‘What return, are you out of your mind? Over there?’ And they also speak about Banderism, and about people burned in Odessa, and about a coup d’etat. This is the majority of people who do this — I can put my hand on my heart. Believe me, it’s not that I want or don’t want it to be this way, it is many people who think like this,” noted the parliamentarian, having emphasised that in Ukraine it is necessary to understand the reason for Crimea’s reunion with Russia.
Balitsky noted that after the referendum on the peninsula a number of law enforcement officers and military also decided to take up the Russian citizenship.
“Why from 600 SBU employees only 200 have returned back [to Ukraine – ed]? Why did tens of thousands of our soldiers, police officers, judges, and prosecutors remain in Crimea. They all left under the gun? I don’t think so,” concluded the deputy.
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