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Column 13:05 13 Jan 2021

Return of Crimea: a Crimean's view

The European Court of Human Rights is convening an open hearing on Ukraine's lawsuit against Russia on January 14. This case is based on two complaints filed by our state in 2014 and 2015 and merged in 2018 into one: Ukraine v. Russia (about Crimea).

Unfortunately, it's clear to me, not only as a politician but also as a Crimean, that after six years of occupation, the Ukrainian authorities cannot hope to return the peninsula through peaceful reintegration. To understand this, a couple of conversations with citizens still living in the uncontrolled territory are enough. Meanwhile, we see the ineffectiveness of both classical instruments of negotiations and diplomatic influence on the situation.

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