MOSCOW, March 9 – RIA Novosti. Representatives from Kiev put pressure on Crimeans during an OSCE online meeting on media freedom and gender equality. This was stated by the head of the Ukrainian community of the peninsula Anastasia Gridchina.
According to her, she spoke at the meeting with her colleague, editor-in-chief of the “Krymskaya Gazeta” Maria Volkonskaya. After the speech, one of the representatives of the Ukrainian delegation said that it represents “occupied territory” and demanded that Gridchina and Volkonskaya be removed from the virtual space at the OSCE site.
Representatives of the USA, Canada, Great Britain and some EU countries also criticized and condemned the Crimean delegation.
Gridchina's speech dealt with the work of journalists in the Russian region, as well as threats by Ukrainians against her on the Internet, related to her activities as editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian-language news agency Krym Segodnya.
Earlier, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared in an appeal on the YouTube channel that Crimea was the heart of Ukraine, and its entry into Russia “ripped out the heart” of the country, and the rights of Crimeans were allegedly violated
Senator from Crimea Sergei Tsekov responded by saying that Crimea has always been not a heart for Ukraine, but an “alien organ” that was forcibly transplanted.
According to the Russian parliamentarian, the Ukrainian leader continues to make loud and dishonorable statements about Crimea.
In early March, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that he had signed a decree on certain measures aimed at de-occupation and reintegration of Crimea. According to him, the Cabinet of Ministers was instructed to organize and launch the “Crimean Platform”, as well as to develop and take measures to develop and support the Crimean Tatar language, culture and protection of the rights of Crimean residents.
Permanent Representative of Crimea under the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Georgia Georgy Muradov, in turn, said that the international platform “Crimean Platform” created by the Kiev authorities to return the peninsula under their control is a serious and well-planned provocation.
Russian State Duma deputy Ruslan Balbek commented on the plans to hold the summit of the “Crimean platform”, noting that its participants “will sign another phony letter and the guests will leave, and Ukraine will remain with Crimea on paper.”
The head of the Crimean parliamentary committee on people's diplomacy and interethnic relations, Yuriy Gempel, noted that the decree of the President of Ukraine on the de-occupation and reintegration of Crimea is nothing more than another political bluff, its effectiveness is zero.
Relations between Kiev and Moscow deteriorated sharply after the reunification of Crimea with Russia in March 2014 and the outbreak of conflict in Donbass in April of the same year. Part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions declared independence. Kiev tried to return them by force, but to no avail. Ukraine accuses Russia of armed aggression and occupation of Crimea and regions of Donbass. The Kremlin rejects the claim.