Crimea blockade to begin at midday on Sept 20 – MP Chubarov
The Crimean Tatars will block roads to prevent cargo from being delivered from mainland Ukraine to Crimea on September 20, Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP, leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov has said.
"At 12:00 on September 20, we'll block all three roads from mainland Ukraine to Crimea [to prevent] trucks from taking goods to Crimea," he said in the parliament on Wednesday.
Chubarov said that people and motor vehicles will be able to travel unhindered.
"Our rally will be long," he said.
In addition, he said that in peacetime, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine should consider bills aimed at settling the issue of mainland Ukraine's cooperation with occupied Crimea, adding that the law on the free economic zone in Crimea should be revoked.
According to Chubarov, the Crimean Tatars support the creation of a free economic zone in Kherson region.
In addition, he said that neither Ukraine nor the international community had managed to realize efficient mechanisms to protect the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens living in occupied Crimea.
"In the meantime, hundreds of tonnes of cargos, particularly food, are being delivered to occupied Crimea from mainland Ukraine," Chubarov said.