Anniversary of Crimea blockade: It's been one year for Crimean blockade from this side in the Kherson region
Society18:05 Sep. 26, 2016

It's been one year for Crimean blockade from this side in the Kherson region

People have decided to mark the anniversary with a rally travelling to the border of annexed Crimea

A year for the Crimea blockade, with a celebration in Kherson region. In 2015, activists blocked all the roads leading to the peninsula not halting all trucks with goods traveling to Crimea. They blocked the roads for 5 months, until the Ukrainian authorities officially stopped any trade with the occupied territory.

Crimean Tatars decided to celebrate the anniversary of the blockade with a rally at the Chonhar border checkpoint. The campaign had the support from local residents and activists from other regions. People walked towards the peninsula border to emphasize once again that Crimea is part of Ukraine.

Read also: Ukraine reinforces regional Crimea border

A year ago, there was only one tent here, where activists could sleep over. Now there is a whole camp. Crimean Tatars, who were forced to move to Kherson, settled into a community called "Asker".

This time, border guards closed off the checkpoint to travellers for about an hour so activists could walk to the administrative border with Crimea avoiding any conflict situations.

Read also: How Russia makes Crimean Tatars 'happy'

"We would do anything and everything to return to our land. I've already said that our coming back to Crimea and Crimea's returning to Ukraine will happen earlier than Kremlin would like", Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, said

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