(QHA) -

Some Crimeans have appealed to Kyiv for support to ensure the continued publication of what's billed as the only Ukrainian-language newspaper in Crimea, RFE/RL reports.

Ukrainian Service's Crimea website reported that there are fears among Ukrainian speakers on the peninsula that "Krymska Svitlytsya's" operations will be interrupted under Russian annexation.

A leader of ethnic Ukrainians in Crimea says closure would be "equivalent to the cessation of thought in Ukrainian Crimea."

The paper was launched in 1992 and shuttered in 2010 before reappearing six months later as an online publication.

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