First of all, for the de-occupation of the Crimea, it is necessary to abolish laws that discriminate against Crimeans, according to the coordinator of the Crimean Human Rights Group Olga Skrypnik.

“Much has to be done now. The war is not for territory, but for people. If two million people do not want to see us there, we will not return it even by military force. First, the laws that discriminate against Crimeans should be abolished. The law on a free economic area, even by name, is absurd. Under this law, Crimeans have the status of non-residents. Limited in bank transfers, employment. A shameful law," she noted.

The human rights activist said that an important step for de-occupation is the adjustment of the administrative borders and the creation of normal conditions at checkpoints of entry and exit, as now people have to stand in queues for hours under the snow and rain.

“It is necessary to put in order the administrative border. The checkpoints should become an open door for the Crimeans. Remove discriminatory provisions for bringing pets. Their Russian documents are not recognized. They should be given interim documents at the checkpoint, and then on the mainland they must pass veterinary control.”

Skrypnik stressed that it is also necessary to remove restrictions on carrying personal belongings.

“The Customs Code has a list of what can be brought in. But this is a tourist article. It is designed for the border when the foreigner enters Ukraine. Strange point, when one can take a pager, but cannot bring a microwave or musical instruments.

Earlier, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz said that Ukraine should more actively influence the Russian authorities for the return of the occupied Crimea, and not rely solely on the leadership of the country. He stressed that the position of Ukrainian citizens should be more active.