November 22, 2016, exactly 1,000 days ago, the most resonant event in the modern Crimean history – a rally on February 26, 2014 – was held outside the building of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
On that day, around 12 thousand Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians took to the streets to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine. This day has a global meaning – the outbreak of the Ukrainian-Russian war.
On the night of February 27, the armed militants of Russian secret services seized the building of the Supreme Council and the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. This was followed by the illegal referendum, "Russian world", searches, arrests, murders ...
After 1000 days, the Crimeans, many of whom were forced to leave their homes, have been still worried about the events that took place on February 26, 2014. Ahtem Chiygoz was detained by occupying police officers and charged with organizing mass disturbances. Five participants of the rally - Ali Asanov, Mustafa Degermendzhi, Arsen Yunusov Eskender Emirvaliev and Eskender Kantemirov - were handed down indictments on November 18 this year.
The repression against the population of Crimea by the occupation authorities are continuing: 5 people have been arrested on suspicion of "perpetration of acts of sabotage" in the occupied peninsula for one week only in November this year. Later it turned out they were journalists and experts on security in the region. The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine gave a pessimistic forecast on those events. According to spokesman for ATO issues Andrei Lysenko, "Crimea is a ‘Klondike’ for the Russian special services," because there are still a huge amount of reserve officers of the Ukrainian army.
On the eve of the terrible date (1,000 days of the occupation of Crimea) the Third Committee of the United Nations adopted a resolution "On Human Rights in Crimea", which identifies Russia as occupant. Moreover, the resolution confirms the repression, abduction, prosecution of undesirables by the Russian special services in the peninsula. Another positive signal came from The Hague, where the International Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensuda officially enshrined in the report offenses, including serious ones, committed on the orders of the occupation authorities in Crimea.
We hope that these 1,000 anxious days is the period, overcoming which Crimea will gain liberty.