Simferopol (QHA) - Mass violations of environmental regulations are taking place on Crimean Ai-Petri plateau; however the Crimean Prosecutor’s office “does not notice them”. This was said during a press conference in Simferopol by representative of Kyiv ecological and cultural center Ivan Parnikoza. At the press conference there were also representatives of other environmental organizations. In particular Parnikoza noted that the Crimean Prosecutor’s office found no apparent violations, which were discovered by social activists and environmentalists. Parnikoza pointed out a number of violations which are taking place on the plateau: “During winter time, snowmobiling is constantly taking place on Ai Petri, which is illegal according to the Law “On Nature Reserve Fund of Ukraine”. Also, three ski trails are illegally operating there. Caves are also unlawfully used for conducting paid excursions….” He told that conducting business and breaking the reserve status of Yalta mountain and forest reserve and Ai-Petri plateau will lead to ecological disaster, namely to extinction of rare species of animals and plants, pollution of drinking water for Yalta residents. The press conference participants turned to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the State Environmental Inspectorate of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine to take measures to prevent violations of the law in the Yalta mountain and forest reserve and stop illicit economic activities on Ai-Petri plateau. Note: Ai-Petri is a peak in the Crimean Mountains, famous touristic sight, located above the city of Alupka and the town of Koreiz. The name has Greek origin, and is translated as St. Peter. For administrative purposes it is in the Yalta municipality of Crimea.

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