Ukraine and the Ukrainian Government are countering Russia’s aggression and occupation of Ukrainian territories and are bringing the day of the reunification of continental Ukraine with the peninsula closer. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the 5th International Forum "Occupied Crimea: 5 Years of Resistance". U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Ambassador Kurt Volker took part in the event.
The Head of Government stressed that the history of occupation of Crimea became a personal history of many families, including the family of the Prime Minister. "At one point, the leadership of Russia decided that they can do the same as dictators, aggressors, thieves and murderers have been doing before. And who became hostage to this aggression? Millions of people - from Ukrainian Crimea to Ukrainian Donbass. What did they bring to our land? Suffering, divorce of families. And the main thing! Our citizens today are in Russian prisons, because they defend their right to freedom and free views," Volodymyr Groysman stressed.
The Prime Minister emphasized that today calls for the liberation of Crimea and the release of Ukrainian political prisoners are questions not only of Ukraine, but of the entire civilized world, because it concerns global security.
"Compare Crimea before the annexation and after the annexation. Before annexation - it was a beautiful Ukrainian resort with a temporary stay of the Russian fleet that had to leave the peninsula and relocate to Russia. Today it is a military base that poses a threat to the entire democratic world. The whole democratic world must be united in order to force the aggressor to refuse from his plans and to begin to respect the law and sovereignty of other countries. We must fight for the release of every political prisoner so that Ukrainians return home," the Prime Minister said.
Volodymyr Groysman expressed confidence that aggressor should pay heavy price for his barbaric actions. The entire world should be united around this idea.
"We are not going to put up with aggression or other people's ambitions that are based on disrespect for other nations and the sovereignty of other states. I want to appeal to Crimeans: We remember, and we think about how to approach the day when we can celebrate the date of the liberation of Crimea from the Russian occupation forces. We will achieve this ... The Ukrainian Crimea will be a hospitable resort and a pearl of our state. Together we will win", the Prime Minister underscored.