Refat Chubarov wants Ukrainian government to cut electricity supplies to Crimea

Mejlis Chairman suggests using new ways of applying pressure on the occupation authorities to protect the rights of Ukrainian citizens who remained loyal to Ukraine.

4 November 2015 16:00

Refat Chubarov, Mejlis Chairman and Ukrainian MP, condemned illegal actions of the occupation authorities, saying this should spur the Ukrainian authorities into cutting electricity supplies to Crimea.

“After such brutal and cynical searches, there ought to have been a strongly-worded statement from one of Ukraine’s leaders saying that if rampant violations of human rights like these continue, Crimea may face its electricity supplies cut for 3 to 5 days. And that would have been a warning to be reckoned with,” said Refat Chubarov.

According to Chubarov, cutting electricity supplies for several days this week will mean that Ukraine still cares about its citizens in Crimea and continues to defend their rights.

“Some politicians regard the idea of bringing Crimea back as a mere formality, but the blockade is making people think again that Ukraine is unable to exist without Crimea,” said the politician.

Chubarov also recalled a UN resolution titled “Territorial integrity of Ukraine” adopted on March 27, 2014, which called on states to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity, saying that ‘we should also show our readiness to fight for our state’.

“There should be an embargo on absolutely everything, including a ban for foreign ships to enter Crimean waters and a ban on food imports to the peninsula. However, an embargo like this will only be effective if the UN authorizes it.

That is why we demand that the Ukrainian government cut off electricity supplies to Crimea for several days and call on other countries to introduce an international embargo,” said Chubarov.

Chubarov went on to say that no one can judge a country for cutting off electricity supplies to occupants, especially if they can attack it.