The issue of the deoccupation of Crimea is a collective task, because it is a matter of restoring justice, norms of international law and the collective system of international security. This was stated by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal during the inaugural session of the International Crimean Platform Summit on August 23. The event, initiated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, gathered together delegations from 46 countries.
"The occupation of Crimea is not a purely domestic political problem, it is a global problem that actually destroys the international security system," Denys Shmyhal stressed.
The Head of Government noted that the Crimean Platform is not only a practical platform for international cooperation but also a kind of indicator and reminder to the world that the topic of Crimea's return will not disappear from the "radar" of the global agenda until the full deoccupation of the peninsula.
Denys Shmyhal also touched upon the main problems that arose as a result of the occupation of Crimea, in particular - economic losses and environmental degradation on the peninsula.
"The total potential damage is estimated by experts at more than $100 billion. These are lost natural resources, state assets, industry, and most importantly - negative consequences for people who suffer from the policy of the aggressor country," said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Apart from that, the Head of Government added that due to the policy of militarization and siphoning off the resources, the temporarily occupied Crimea is on the verge of an ecological catastrophe.
"The environmental issue is a question of safe life of Ukrainians on the peninsula and in general of environmental problems for the entire Black Sea region. The homes of millions of Ukrainians are in fact turning into a military base and a restrictive access occupation facility. This once again testifies to the global nature of the problem and the threat not only to Ukraine but also to our European neighbors," the Prime Minister of Ukraine urged.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine assured that the solution of the above-mentioned problems will be constantly on the agenda within the Crimean Platform, as well as under the constant control of the Government, the President and the Ukrainian Parliament.
Denys Shmyhal also reminded of the practical steps in the direction of deoccupation policy, one of which is the adoption of the Strategy of deoccupation and reintegration of Crimea on the initiative of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. According to the Prime Minister, in addition to the foreign policy component, the document is designed to address internal humanitarian issues: educational, social, informational and legal.