The Pro-Ukrainian Crimeans are reluctant to unite and the initiatives of the Ukrainian Cultural Center on the peninsula resonate with the very few. This was told about by the representative of the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Crimea Olena Popova.
“People don’t want to unite on national principals; they have no desire and are leery of our initiative. They believe it’s an occasion to open their names to enforcers, to reveal themselves, and thus to incur additional negative reaction and trouble. People are afraid of “being in the doghouse”,” she said.
As we have informed, after the annexation of Crimea by Russia prosecutions of the pro-Ukrainian activists and the Crimean Tatars began on the peninsula. Human rights defenders stated this many times, but the Russian authorities always denied.
The Ukrainian Cultural Center in Crimea is a public organization, which was created by activists. Its aim is to preserve the language and culture of Ukrainians on the peninsula.
In 2015, the activists were prosecuted and fined for using the Ukrainian attributes — yellow-blue flags and ribbons in the birthday of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in Simferopol.