Kiev intends to use the Crimean bridge for “ties with the Kuban” after the “return” of the peninsula to Ukraine. This was stated by Peter Poroshenko, adding that Russia will be responsible for the “illegal construction” of the crossing. He also said that Ukraine is developing amendments to the Constitution of the country on the status of the Crimea, which will concern “the consolidation of the Crimean-Tatar national autonomy.” In the State Duma such statements of Poroshenko were called “phantom pains”. In the Crimea, Kyiv’s plans are unrealizable and note that the issue of creating national autonomy has always been negatively perceived by the population of the peninsula, and the Constitution of Ukraine has nothing to do with the Russian republic.
Ukraine intends to use the Crimean bridge for “ties with the Kuban” after it “returns” the peninsula under its control. Such a statement was made by Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko at an event dedicated to the Crimean Tatar people.
“Ukraine, after regaining its sovereignty in the Crimea, uses it to connect with the Kuban, where, by the way, a large number of Ukrainians also live,” the press service quoted the president as saying.
As noted by Poroshenko, Russia “will bear responsibility for the illegal construction of the Kerch bridge, and for other crimes.” He also accused Moscow of “persecuting” Crimean Tatars, violating international law and conducting “illegitimate presidential elections in Russia.”
“The punishment for any illegal actions against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is inevitable, like the Last Judgment. This is obvious, “he added.
Earlier, the Ukrainian president said that the construction of the bridge across the Kerch Strait is “another evidence of neglect of international law by the Kremlin.” In his opinion, the crossing “will be necessary for the invaders” when they “urgently leave” the Crimea.
The construction of the Crimean bridge means for Kiev the final loss of the peninsula, said Anton Morozov, a member of the State Duma’s international affairs committee.
“The Crimean bridge is a symbol of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. It’s one thing to hold a referendum, to see what all residents want in Russia. It’s quite another matter to physically reunite our territory.
That is, the construction of the Crimean bridge and its commissioning finally put an end to the question of who owns the Crimea. And of course, it causes phantom pains in Kiev. For them, this event means a final loss of territory because of their careless policy towards their own people, “the deputy said in an interview with RT.
He believes that such provocative statements on the part of Kiev will continue.
“Of course, we should expect various insinuations on their part. But we perfectly understand that Crimea has become a part of Russia forever. As for the connection with the Kuban, you are welcome. We do not mind that the Ukrainians traveled through the Crimea to the Kuban. For us they are a kindred people. And we are always glad to Ukrainians in our territory,” – he concluded.
At the same time, Poroshenko announced amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine concerning the “status of the Crimea”.
“Over the past year, a working group set up by the Constitutional Commission has worked out proposals for changes in Section X of the Constitution of Ukraine. They must consolidate the inalienable right of the Crimean Tatar people as the indigenous people of Ukraine to self-determination as part of an independent Ukrainian state. It is this right that the group proposes to recognize as the source of the special status of the Crimean Autonomy as an integral part of the unified Ukraine,” – he said.
According to Poroshenko, the working group proposes to create a representative body – the Crimean Parliament, which will “ensure the rights of all residents of the peninsula.”
Peculiarities of the election of deputies – representatives of the Crimean Tatar people, the working group proposes to establish in a separate law of Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian leader, if a situation arises in the Crimea that poses “a threat to the state sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the president will have the right “to introduce a special management regime in Crimea by appointing a special state official with the simultaneous termination of the respective powers of the authorities of the Crimean Autonomy.”
Member of the State Council of the Crimea under the legislation Vladimir Ryzhko called “plans” of Poroshenko «impossible».
“This is a purely political move on the eve of the Day of deportation of the Crimean Tatars. It’s necessary for them to say something. And you can write anything, but it still needs to be done. We must also take into account how people will take it. I’ve lived here since childhood.
Even the “Mejlis” — the Tatar main assembly, discussed this issue – about the creation of national autonomy, but this was always negatively perceived by the majority of the Crimean population. You can not do anything if the majority are against it. Therefore, this is something that can not be done. Crimea does not belong to Ukraine. They are making changes to the Constitution, which has nothing to do with the Crimean peninsula,” – he stressed.
Member of the Presidium of the State Council of the Crimea Vladimir Bobkov called Poroshenko’s statements ridiculous.
“In general, it’s like clowning. Indeed, the arguments in Kiev end … Today, Ukrainian society, unfortunately, absorbs this absurdity, but at the same time, in my opinion, in Ukraine the information environment already gives serious cracks. You see what happens to the journalists of RIA Novosti. If they did not represent an information threat, they would never have come to this, ” – the deputy said.
Bobkov also noted that such statements can no longer distract the Ukrainian population from the real problems of the state.
“There are a lot of economic difficulties. Even more exacerbated by the stratification of society. Those things that deter people – in the form of “Schengen” and some other virtual things – go away … At the level of serious people who have even some scientific regalia, they said that the bridge is not being built or that once it is built , will give a crack after driving the first car. Poroshenko is trying to continue this line. But I am sure that this agony is already coming to an end, ” – the parliamentarian concluded.
Recall that on May 15, the Security Service of Ukraine conducted many hours of searches in the offices of RIA Novosti Ukraine and in the apartments of several employees. In addition, law enforcement agencies detained the head of the agency Kirill Vyshinsky on charges of high treason. Later, the Kherson court ruled on his arrest for two months.
Recall that the Crimea became part of Russia after the March 2014 referendum. Then more than 90% of Crimeans voted for joining the peninsula to Russia. Voting took place in full accordance with international law and the UN Charter.
The solemn opening ceremony of the Crimean bridge took place on May 15. The event was attended by builders crossing the Kerch Strait, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The next day, on May 16, the movement of cars and passenger buses on the highway section of the bridge was opened.
The road part of the bridge was planned to be opened in December 2018, but the construction was completed half a year earlier than the deadline.