Former Premier of Crimea: Ukraine does not engage in systematic activities to retake the region


Former Crimean Prime Minister, MP Sergiy Kunitsyn is sure that Ukraine does not engage in systematic activities to retake the annexed peninsula.

“I don’t know if there is such a plan (to retake Crimea — ed.), I haven’t seen it yet. There must be a State Programme to retake the territories. One part of the Programme should be open to the public; the rest should be classified to let the Foreign Ministry, the Cabinet of Ministers, the SBU, border guards, etc. get the job done. So far I do not unfortunately see any systematic activities,” said Kunitsyn during televised comments.

The MP is also surprised that there were no representatives, except for a few people, of the supreme power at the rally on the Day of Resistance to the Russian occupation of Crimea in Kiev on February 26.

“We held the Crimean rally, and I saw neither the Minister for Occupied Territories, nor any representatives of the Government. I had been Prime Minister of Crimea for six years and Mayor of Sevastopol for four years, and I’m not happy with what is happening,” he said.

Kunitsyn also advocates the legalization of Crimean Tatars as indigenous people of Crimea, but is afraid of creating a national authority.

“As for the national autonomy (of Crimean Tatars — ed.), this issue is very delicate, it is complicated and cannot be resolved immediately. We need to legalize the status of indigenous people first, and what kind of autonomy it should be is vexata quaestio,” added the MP.

As a reminder, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced the 20th of February, 2014 the day of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia.

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