"Many Crimeans are silent, but are waiting for the Armed Forces", Crimean activist

Ukrainian News
Muarrir
23 June 2022, 13:02
Muarrir
23 June 2022, 13:02

Many Crimeans are silent, but are waiting Armed Forces of Ukraine, because actively supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine on the occupied peninsula is simply life-threatening. This was stated by Crimean activist Vasyl Samoilov, who in April managed to leave occupied Crimea for the Government-controlled territory of Ukraine through the war zone. He was met by the team of the Representation of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Office of the Crimean Platform, the press service of the department reports.

The activist stressed that the pro-Ukrainian population in Crimea is much larger than the occupation law enforcement services and the media record. People teach children the Ukrainian language at home, spread independent information contrary to Russian propaganda.

After a full-scale invasion, the young man received a message that the FSB might come after him. Shortly before that, he was already planning to leave the occupied territory, and after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he wanted to join the ranks of the Armed Forces. I decided to go through the combat zone, for this I found volunteers who developed a route and helped with the crossing. The most difficult thing was to pass the FSB check and pass Russian checkpoints. According to him, the most important thing for a successful trip was to have a good story, a "clean" phone (so that the Russians had nothing to cling to), and to be morally ready for many hours of interrogation.

In order to eventually enter the government-controlled territory of Ukraine, he had to pass 37 Russian checkpoints. A well-thought-out story, and sometimes the negligence or intoxication of the Russian military, saved us, although aggressive inspections and threats of weapons did not go unnoticed. In the end, the activist got to Zaporizhzhia, where he drew up the necessary documents, and later went to Kyiv.

"Perhaps the most difficult thing for me was to see civilians’ cars shot through and shot people who were also trying to leave the occupation. There were a lot of such cars, because the Russian army fires at everything that is moving”, Samoilov said.

The Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Tamila Tasheva assured the activist that Ukraine will not make concessions on territorial integrity.

"I can assure you that the leadership of the state is not going to make any concessions to the territorial integrity of Ukraine, because it's not just territories – these are our citizens, we cannot betray them”, Tasheva said.