Residents of the occupied Crimea should feel support of Ukraine and know that they have a leader who knows the names of political prisoners and what is happening there, the coordinator of the Crimean Human Rights Group Olga Skrypnik stated.
“It is important for the state to develop a balanced policy. We suggested the president holding a press conference on the Crimea and for the Crimean mass media once a year. So that people there could feel that they have a leader who knows the names of political prisoners and what is happening there," she said.
Before the New Year, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sent postcards to some political prisoners, which became moral support for them.
“On the eve of the New Year, many political prisoners received postcards from Peter Poroshenko with a wish to hold on. For them, this became moral support. They ask their relatives about the situation here, about the reforms.”
The human rights activist stressed that the Ukrainians have resigned themselves to the fact that the Crimea is occupied by a neighboring state.
"They have resigned themselves to the fact that it is occupied and this will last for a long time. When the conflict on Donbas began, there were terrible things: deaths, murders, shelling. This distracted attention.”
Earlier, Olga Skrypnik said that 96 million UAH allocated by Ukraine may not be enough for the needs of all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and in the Crimea. The allocated money, most likely, will not suffice for all families of political prisoners, but its allocation testifies that political prisoners are not forgotten in Ukraine.