Ukrainians may experience the way the occupant treats Crimean Tatars, politologist Pavel Zhovnirenko said during “Crimea is Ukraine. Annexed peninsula between the past and the future” international forum. 

“We have to consider the situation with Crimean Tatars in Crimea as a possible model of how Russia might treat Ukrainians. If we do not defend Crimean Tatars then the same thing may happen in Ukraine,” said the expert.

According to him, every Ukrainian must ask himself: What has he done for Crimean Tatars? And we need to explain to those who stayed in the occupied Crimea that the documents (Russian passports) they received in March 2014 are just pieces of paper that will be invalid after the return of the peninsula to Ukraine.

Just a reminder: February 26 became a symbolic date and may be called the Day of the Crimean resistance to Russian occupation. This day, the first massive rally against the separatist sentiment at the Crimean Parliament, and as subsequent events showed - the occupation of the peninsula - was held in Simferopol. Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014, calling the falsified referendum of March 16 as an expression of Crimeans will to join the Russian Federation. Most of the world has not recognized Crimea as part of Russia. For Ukraine, Crimea remains the temporarily occupied territory.