Service center for Crimeans to be established near border

Residents of Crimea still face challenges on the administrative border with mainland Ukraine. Vadym Chernysh told reporters how the Ukrainian authorities plan to solve the problems of citizens.

21 July 2016 15:13

Speaking at the July 21 briefing on "The results of the interdepartmental meeting on de-occupation of Crimea," Vadym Chernysh, Minister of Affairs of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, said that the Ukrainian authorities plan to establish a center providing administrative services to Crimean residents, a QHA correspondent reports.

According Chernysh, this refers to the issuance of documents, license plates and other services for Crimeans living in the occupied peninsula. The center is expected to be built near the administrative border with Crimea.

“These initiatives will require adequate funding from the state budget, but they will be developed, and the relevant departments will receive appropriate instructions to ensure that such a center be built near the administrative border with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” the Minister added.

It was reported earlier that on April 10, 2016, the RF Interior Ministry obliged the owners of vehicles living in Crimea to replace the license plates issued under Ukraine legislation with Russian ones. Although the authorities previously promised their gradual replacement until the end of 2017. 

Moreover, a decree will come into effect in Crimea on September 1, according to which the vehicles with Ukrainian registration plates may be in Crimea for no more than 90 days.  Otherwise, their owners are imposed a fine of RUB 1,500-2,500 (UAH 500 to 850) or their cars are impounded. According to the Ukrainian lawyers, this innovation limits the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens living in the occupied peninsula.