February 20, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine at the Council of Europe held the Day of Crimea. The event was timed to coincide with the third anniversary of the illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, according to the press-service of the mission.
“Against the background of numerous European issues, the Crimea Day objective at the Council of Europe is clear: To keep the Crimean issue on the international agenda priorities, to attract additional attention of the Member States, management and Council of Europe experts to the situation on the peninsula, to inform them about the quiet terror of the occupation authorities and the consequences of the Russian aggression,” Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry Kuleba said.
The diplomat went on saying that in 2017 Ukraine expects from the European Council not just another condemnation of the illegal occupation of the Crimea, but also certain action to protect human rights and accelerate the de-occupation.
On the Day of Crimea, the following events were held: a briefing by representatives of public organizations and their meeting with the Council of Europe diplomats to discuss the human rights situation in the occupied peninsula; opening of the exhibition "Displaced. 12 stories from Ukraine."; dissemination of the booklet "Stolen Ukrainian peninsula. Truth of Crimea."; opening an information booth; beginning the "Crimean News Digest" newsletter.
Reportedly, during the week in the Palace of Europe visitors will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the exhibition, which presents the history of the twelve Ukrainians who have become internally displaced as a result of Russian aggression in Crimea and Donbas.
Crimea Day at the Council of Europe is an important step for Ukraine at this organization, aimed at the fight against Russian aggression and overcoming its social and humanitarian consequences.