The policy of Ukraine after the de-occupation of Crimea against those Russian citizens who moved to the peninsula during its occupation by Russia will be based on the norms of international law.
This opinion was expressed by the First Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Yusuf Kurkchi in a comment to the QHA agency, responding to a question about "How Ukraine will decide the fate of the so-called" colonists" - Russian citizens who moved to the occupied Crimea in the time of the Russian occupation of the peninsula? ".
According to Yusuf Kurkchi, since the beginning of illegal annexation, Ukraine has been informing the world community, including Russian citizens, that all documents issued by the occupying power the Crimea will be declared invalid from the point of view of Ukrainian legislation after de-occupation. Accordingly, this should be taken into account by those Russian citizens who decide to move to a permanent place of residence in the occupied Crimea in violation of Ukrainian legislation.
“We talk about this constantly, warning that any contract of purchase of property or another document will not be valid. And when we return Crimea under the jurisdiction of Ukraine, such people should know and consider all these moments.”
At the same time, he noted that Ukraine will not resort to violent actions, for example, to deportation, against such Russian citizens. So far, the mechanism of behavior after deoccupation in relation to this category of persons has not been developed, but it will definitely comply with the norms of international humanitarian law.
"What mechanism will be created, I do not know yet, but this mechanism will meet international standards," Kurkchi adds.
Earlier, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev noted that the fate of citizens of the Russian Federation who are now massively coming to live in the occupied Crimea will be resolved after the restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty over the peninsula. Attitudes towards them in the Ukrainian state will be determined based on the fact that these Russians came to the peninsula, which is the territory of Ukraine, during its occupation by Russia, from the country of occupation and without the consent of Ukraine. Dzhemilev also noted that Russia pursues a consistent policy of ousting the indigenous people of Crimea - Crimean Tatars, as well as ethnic Ukrainians from the peninsula, and their replacement by Russian citizens. The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people reports that after 2014, up to 10% of the indigenous people were forced to leave the Crimea.
Lawyer of the Regional Center for Human Rights Vitaly Nabuhotny noted that the policy pursued by the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea is aimed at large-scale militarization and colonization of the Crimean peninsula by the population of the Russian Federation.