Ukrainian radio broadcasting on a frequency 101.4 FM for the territory of Russian-annexed Crimea has been launched, the press service of the Kherson Regional State Administration reports.
“For the first time in two years of annexation, the Crimeans have heard the Ukrainian word and the voice of their homeland. From now on, it will sound confidently in Crimea. We have just restored the Ukrainian national broadcasting on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea. Ukrainian radio within FM range even now sounds in Crimea. I have been receiving messages from Dzhankoy and Krasnoperekopsk that Ukraine is heard in receivers, people say that the signal is good,” Head of the Kherson Regional State Administration Andrey Gordeev reports.
According to him, the restoration of Ukrainian broadcasting will be an important step towards the returning Crimea to Ukraine.
“This event will strengthen the confidence of our citizens, who remain on the temporarily occupied territory. Crimea was, is and will be a Ukrainian territory. And we are proving it not by words but our deeds. I am sure that Crimea will be returned in the near future, and slogan “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to its Heroes!” will sound in Simferopol, Yalta and Bakhchysarai,” Gordeev said.
On May 18, the Kherson Regional State Administration announced a competition for granting a license to broadcast using radio frequencies available in the Kherson region. In total, five radio frequencies were put up in Genichesk, Novotroitsk and Vasilevka. As a result, Ukrainian Radio UR-1 has got the broadcasting license.
To restore the Ukrainian broadcasting on the territory of Crimea and in the border areas an interagency working group of the National Council for Development of Broadcasting in southern Kherson region and the temporarily occupied by Russian territory of Crimea and Sevastopol have been established.
According to Gordeyev, a plot of land for the construction of the radio tower with a powerful transmitter was allocated in Genichesk district. Thus, the Ukrainian television and radio broadcasting will cover all border areas of the Crimea and Kherson region.