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Join “CRIMEA WEEK. BRUSSELS” online project (23-28 February 2021)
Опубліковано 23 лютого 2021 року о 10:39

Dear colleagues,

The Mission of Ukraine to the EU cordially invites you to join a series of events within the “CRIMEA WEEK. BRUSSELS” online project.

Seven years ago, on 20 February 2014, the Russian Federation began its armed aggression against Ukraine. On this day, Russian military units began arriving in the Ukrainian Crimea as a part of an operation to seize the peninsula.

On February 26, Ukraine marks the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, in dedication to the largest gathering in support of the integrity and unity of Ukraine in Simferopol on that day in 2014.

The illegal attempt of the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as further incitement of the armed conflict in Donbas, were all subsequent stages in the realization of Russia’s plans to destroy the statehood of Ukraine.

In the seven years of Russia’s armed aggression, more than 13,000 people have died, including more than 3,000 civilians, tens of thousands have been injured, and about 1.5 million have become internally displaced persons.

In the temporarily occupied territories, Russia is grossly and systematically violating human rights. Persistent repressions against the Crimean Tatar people continue.

We are convinced that through joint efforts, including within the framework of the Crimean Platform, we will not only restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity, but also strengthen the authority of international law, and return peace and stability to the European continent.

In this context, on 23-28 February 2021, we are launching the online project “CRIMEA WEEK. BRUSSELS”.

We invite you to join:

"We are Crimea" is a project about Crimea we love, we miss and we are waiting to come back. It shows Crimea through the eyes of people who cannot be there because of the temporary occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation.

In the series “We are Crimea”, created jointly with the Ukrainian Institute and Ukrainer, the heroes in VR glasses share their memories and memorable stories about their native Crimean peninsula.

National leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev, film director Akhtem Seitablaiev, former Kremlin’s political prisoner Oleg Sentsov and Ukrainian singer, winner of Eurovision 2016 Jamala will tell their stories about Crimea and how this loss affected them. VR-videos create a sense of presence so that everybody can see and feel places of their special memories about Crimea.


  • PANEL DISCUSSION “CRIMEAN PLATFORM: ROADMAP FOR DE-OCCUPATION” (February 25, 14.00 CET) 

Register on Zoom: http://bit.ly/37DSrsx 

Watch online on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UkraineEUMission/ 


WE WILL DISCUSS:

  • current geopolitical and security threats for the Black Sea region;
  • violations of human rights in Russian-occupied Crimea;
  • Crimean Platform as an effective international mechanism for de-occupation;
  • vision of the European Parliament for next steps in the roadmap for de-occupation;
  • the role of civil society on the path to de-occupation of Crimea.


KEY SPEAKERS:

  • Anton Korynevych – Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
  • Andrii Klymenko – Crimea studies expert, Editor-in-chief of the Black Sea News
  • Olga Skrypnyk – Chair of the Board of the Crimean Human Rights Group
  • Roland Freudenstein – Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
  • Andrius Kubilius – Member of the European Parliament


MODERATOR:

  • Roman Washchuk - Chair, UWC Foreign Policy Council, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine (2014-2019)


OPENING REMARKS:

  • Paul Grod, Ukrainian World Congress, President

The event is organized by the Mission of Ukraine to the EU in cooperation with the Ukrainian World Congress.


Thank you for your attention! 

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