Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine of 5 July 2014
The ban by the Russian authorities and self-proclaimed criminal governors in Crimea to Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov from staying on his native soil is a verdict to the Kremlin occupation.
From any viewpoint – be it of international law, political or human – these actions are a consequence of helpless attempt to stop a public protest of Crimean residents against arbitrariness, destroying well-being, safety and identity of this land.
Russian occupation will soon come to an end.
Absurd decision, taken by the Kremlin, is resulted from hatred and Stalin-styled chauvinistic policy towards the Crimean Tatar people, which the Russian Federation has carried out since the beginning of armed occupation and annexation of Crimea.
Russia has no other policy towards democracy and international peace.
Using the “Russian multi-national society” as a cover they conceal a cruel face of the totalitarian political regime that suppresses any other language or culture, let alone the democratic rights and freedoms. “Prison of Nations” has yet again demonstrated its hostility.
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea has been and will be a part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine. In line with paragraph 2 of Article 9 of the Law of Ukraine “On Securing the Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and the Legal Regime on the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine” of 15 April 2014, activity of any bodies, their officials, and staff in the temporarily occupied territory shall be deemed unlawful if such bodies or officials were established, elected, or appointed in a manner not provided for by the legislation of Ukraine. According to paragraph 3 of Article 9 of this Law any act (document, decision) issued by illegal entities and/or officials shall be deemed null and void, and shall give rise to no legal consequences.
Officials of the self-proclaimed Crimean authorities, who violated Ukrainian law by banning citizen of Ukraine Refat Chubarov from entering the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, will inevitably be brought to justice in conformity with Ukrainian legislation.
An unimpeded access to their native soil should be given to the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov and the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev.
We call on the international community and the human rights organizations throughout the world to condemn the actions of the Russian Federation and demonstrate unanimous solidarity in order to stop the chauvinistic aggressor, who can destroy not only regional but also global peace.