Jemilev talks about how long Crimea’s blockade will last

“The blockade can last anywhere from 1 month to 6 months,” said Mustafa Jemilev, Ukrainian President’s Adviser on Crimean Tatar Affairs and MP, in an interview to DW.

22 September 2015 13:23

“We can keep a transport blockade in place for as long as it takes, be it one month or six months. We also demand that electricity supplies to Crimea be cut off and a deal between Russia and Ukraine on electricity supplies to Crimea and Donbass terminated. The fact that Russia is supplying Donbass with electricity in exchange for Ukraine’s supplying electricity to Crimea is contrary to Ukraine’s national interest,” Jemilev said.

A transport blockade aimed at preventing Ukrainian goods and food supplies from reaching Crimea has been in place since 12 a.m., September 20. During this time, a truck was reported to have unsuccessfully tried to bypass a border checkpoint. A show was also reported to have been put on by the protesters next to the Chongar checkpoint later that day.