The Ukrainian Parliament’s committee which deals with problems in temporarily occupied areas has been in talks in Kherson for some time. The committee carried its first meeting in Kherson on February 11, 2020. After the meeting, members of the Ukrainian Parliament, Crimean Tatar National Assembly members and activists, went to Chongar and Kalanchak checkpoints and made investigations.
Chaplinka Administrative Services Unit
The first activity on the Crimean administrative border was the exercise in the administrative service units in Caplinka town in the city of Herson which tracked by Asif Aliyev from the Crimean News Agency. In mentioned district, The national leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian Deputy Mustafa Jemilev, the chairman of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly Refat Chubarov, the Crimean Tatar National Assembly delegate, the President of the Ukrainian Parliament Rustem Umerov, the President of the Ukrainian Parliamentary Human Rights Committee Dmitro Lubinets and the Representative of the President of Ukraine, the Crimean Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ukraine visited the newly established administrative service building in the town of Chaplinka.
The delegation of the Ukrainian Parliament obtained information regarding the activities and how the operations are carrying out at the administrative service unit, which initiated last year.
Kherson Governor Yuriy Gusev gave the good news that the Crimean House Culture Center will be opening soon for internal asylum seekers from occupied Crimea.
“As close as an arm distance”
The delegation of the Ukrainian Parliament followed the performance of the border guards at the renovated Kalanchak checkpoint. Crimean Tatar National Assembly members, Governor Gusev and Crimean Permanent Representative Korinevic went to the zero-point of the administrative border with the Russian-occupied peninsula. As planned within the framework of the visit, meetings held with the Ukrainian army officials deployed in the region and reports obtained from them.
Asif Aliyev from the Crimean News Agency described those moments of the national leader of the Crimean Tatar people as follows:
“Jemilev stood there for a while, he stared at the occupied Crimea. Jemilev was looking at the occupied Crimea, close enough to touch if he reached forth his hand.”
Jemilev evaluated the ‘International Crimean March’ planned to happen on 3 May
National leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian Deputy Mustafa Jemilev, made evaluations to the Crimean News Agency at the zero-point of the administrative border.
Speaking on the ‘World Against Violence and Occupation: The March of Honor’ organized by the Crimean Tatar National Assembly (Majlis), Jemilev said:
“They are (Russian government) temporarily there (in Crimea). We plan to return here. On 3 May, things will happen here.”
Rustem Umerov: This is my hometown
Rustem Umerov, delegate of the Crimean Tatar National Congress, Vice-President of the PACE Ukraine, and deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament Voice (Golos) Party, answered questions of the Crimean News Agency. Umerov said:
“This is our region. I never diverge this place from the other part of Ukraine. It’s just a symbolic border. It’s my hometown. Yes, I have not been at home for a long time but I hope to be back there very soon”