Ukrainian society should constantly remind politicians of Crimea and Donbas, not allowing to forget about these key issues in the heat of the election campaign. If politicians see the request of the society, this will not allow them to distance themselves from sensitive actual problems, proceeding from some personal or political interests.
First Deputy Minister of Information Policy Emine Dzhaparova expressed this view answering the question of QHA correspondent about the attempt of some political forces to avoid discussing the issue of restoring Ukrainian sovereignty over Crimea during the election race.
According to Dzhaparova, much will depend on how the political agenda will be formed and what will become the basis of election promises, slogans of certain political parties or people who will run for presidency. But, even if politicians try to avoid problematic topics, people should show their civic engagement.
“I hope that the issue of Crimea will not be removed [from the political agenda]. Candidates and political programs are not even the key thing. I'm talking about the Ukrainian society. If we do not allow to turn a blind eye to Crimea or to war, politicians will always keep these issues in their field of vision. Therefore, I believe that Ukrainian people is the key element here, and its will must be determined by this request from below, so that the issue of the Crimea, and the issue of the war were the priority in the pre-election processes.”
Emine Dzhaparova focused on the role of journalists in maintaining the issues of the Crimea and the Donbas in the information space. She said journalists are the conduit between society and politicians, and accordingly, they should bring the interest of the Ukrainian citizens in the ways of de-occupation of territories and their further integration to politicians. In the same way, the media should inform the public about the views of various political figures about the future of the Crimea and Donbas, especially those who claim the highest positions in the state. Dzhaparova further noted that now the topics of Crimea and Donbas are given little attention in the Ukrainian media.
“If every journalist constantly asks politicians and candidates "What are you planning on the Crimea?" this is the only opportunity not to let politicians forget about it. There is no other way in open societies. Journalists receive this request through public organizations, through activists, volunteers - people who thus articulate what is important for society. That is, this request should be from below. Because only the most conscious and patriotic politician will be not indifferent, but the situation works in the way that when this topic is kept in focus from below, politicians will also react. And the link between the first and second [between society and politics] are journalists.”
Emine Dzhaparova went on saying that the society should listen carefully to what and how the candidates for Parliament or the presidency speak about the Crimea during the election campaign. And whether they speak about Crimea at all. In her opinion, even the candidate's attempts to remain silent and avoid the topic of restoring Ukrainian sovereignty over the peninsula can be indicative.
"If candidates today avoid the issue of restoring Ukraine's sovereignty in the Crimea, then probably we can draw conclusions about the candidates," Dzheparova stressed.
Earlier, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov told who Ukrainians would prefer as the president of the country.