Chubarov: Crimean blockade has changed format

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov said the Crimean Civil blockade has changed its format over the years.

26 September 2016 12:40

The Crimean Civil blockade, which began a year ago, has changed its format, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean TatarPpeople Refat Chubarov told on the air of "Gromadske".

As a year has already passed, I can assert that the Crimean civil blockade has changed the format. Now the "Asker" organization is also here, asker is translated as a "warrior". We expect a new military unit to be created with immigrants from the Crimea being able to serve in its ranks. We still have a few ideas that people do not forget about the Crimea, said the Mejlis Chairman.

He stressed that the Crimean Tatars are hoping that the "Asker" military unit will be registered at the official level. Refat Chubarov said that several hundred people from all regions of Ukraine took part in the yesterday's action dedicated to the anniversary of the Crimean civil blockade.

A few hundred people came from the cities of Melitopol, Kherson, Zaporozhye, Kiev. We marched to the administrative border with the occupied Crimea. Then we came up right to the Russian administrative border and I gave a speech. I said that although being deprived of the liberty of speech most Crimean people preserve honesty and wait for the return of Ukraine, said Chubarov.

The Crimean Civil blockade started September 20, 2015. The Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian activists demanded to stop trade with the annexed peninsula. Their demands resulted in a decision by the Cabinet of Ministers to limit the supply of goods to the Crimea.

September 24, Crimean Tatars held a campaign at Chongar checkpoint dedicated to the first anniversary of the Civil blockade of the Russia-annexed Crimea.