From the FB page of Embassy of Ukraine to the UK

May 18, 2021

Until the last Russian soldier leaves the Ukrainian peninsula, the world community must understand: the occupation of Crimea is a crime of Russia.

Today, on the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people, we remind about the international public initiative ′′ CRIME (A) “, within which public organizations united to draw the attention of people around the world to the crimes of Russia in the occupied Crimea.

We urge everyone to support the manifesto ′′ About the crimes of Russia in Crimea ′′ on the project website 👉 https://crimea.support/

In addition, the creative agency Banda has developed a visual identity of the project. Anyone can support the campaign by printing any products with #Crime _ A symbolism.

Printing materials at 👉 https://cutt.ly/ezu3Sld

Join and tell the world about the crime of Russia.

🇺🇦 #КримЦеУкраїна #CrimeaIsUkraine

The manifesto of Crimea support:

We are the free people of the world who support this manifesto. We share uni- versal values – justice, democracy, human rights, peace and security. These mean a lot to us because they determine the happiness, the liberties and the sustainable future of each and every one of us as individuals and as humanity in general.

It has been 7 years since Russia deprived the people of Crimea of their future by occupying the Ukrainian peninsula and as a consequence, posing a signifi- cant threat to global security.

Crimea is a unique part of the world with rare flora and fauna, the homeland of indigenous people including Crimean Tatars, Karaites and Krymchaks, a center of international tourism, scientific research and world cultural heri- tage. As a result of the occupation, Crimea has been transformed into a mili- tary base – it has become a CRIME SCENE and a source of instability to the wider world.

We may be living in the 21st century but people are being persecuted, tor- tured and killed – here in Europe – and the national identity of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars is being destroyed. Adults are being forced to serve in the Russian army and children are being deprived of their right to be Ukrainian citizens as well as being forced into military service from an early age. Freedom of speech and free media are completely suppressed here. Civic activists are abducted and convicted, religious communities who are not loyal to the occupation authorities are ousted and the demographic and ethnic composition of the population is being artificially changed.

Citizens have limited access to water because natural resources are being used to meet the ever-growing needs of the Russian army and its militariza- tion of the peninsula. There is an overwhelming abundance of one thing in Crimea and that is the lies. Russia uses all available methods of false propa- ganda to coerce the victims of its crimes to accept their captors and for the world to accept this act of aggression as an act of mercy.

As a result of its temporary occupation of Crimea – Russia has in fact de- clared war on the entire civilized world. It has actively sought to: illegally reshape international borders, propagate instability, breach international law, interfere in the elections of European countries and the United States. It has ramped up its spread of misinformation and its use of hybrid technolo- gies to ferment conflict and to create new hotspots around the world, creat- ing migration crises, shooting down MH17 as well as using chemical weapons against its own citizens in Russia and abroad.

That is why we are calling a spade a spade:

  1. Russia is an aggressor state.
  2. Russia occupied Ukrainian Crimea and has thus violated international law and the international rules-based system. Emboldened, Russia has gone on to occupy a part of eastern Ukrainian territory by starting a bloody war there.
  3. Occupied Crimea has become a territory of crime and the people of Crimea have become hostages. As a result of this – until Crimea is completely freed from the illegal Russian authorities, we will call the peninsula “Crime zone”.

We are convinced that:

  • this crime must be recognized at all levels and the criminal must be pun- ished;
  • all people illegally detained by the occupation authorities must be re- leased;
  • governments and parliaments of the world should impose and strengthen sanctions against Russia and those involved in crimes and human rights vio- lations until Crimea is fully liberated from Russian terror which is posing a threat, not just to the region, but to the wider world;
  • all civilized people who value freedom and justice must join forces against aggression and persecution and spread this manifesto and join it. Until the last Russian soldier leaves the Ukrainian peninsula, the entire world and all international organizations must know that Crimea is Russia’s crime zone. A crime that cannot be ignored and that cannot go unpunished. I support the manifesto and join the Free World in demanding the liberation of Crimea from Russian occupation.

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