Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has promised to return Crimea “home”, overcoming the “aggressor” in the face of Russia, in a year. He said this on his Facebook page on Monday, July 20.
In his post, he addressed Crimean Tatars and “all Ukrainian Muslims” to congratulate them on Eid al-Adha (the holiday of the end of the Hajj). The politician expressed the hope that in a year the Muslim holiday in Crimea will allegedly already be celebrated as part of Ukraine.
“And soon in Ukrainian Crimea, the indigenous Crimean Tatar people will freely celebrate Eid al-Adha. Next year – in Bakhchisaray! Crimea is Ukraine!” – Poroshenko wrote.
On July 10, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Reznikov said that after the country takes back Crimea, it will deport from there 500,000 Russians who have entered the peninsula since 2014. According to him, there are different points of view in Kiev about Russian citizens in Crimea. The politician called himself a supporter of legal procedures called “expulsion”.
Relations between Russia and Ukraine became more difficult after the peninsula became a Russian region in 2014 after a referendum. Then 96.77 percent of Crimean voters and 95.6 percent of Sevastopol residents voted for the peninsula’s incorporation into the Russian Federation. Kiev maintains its claims to Crimea, declaring it temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the residents of the region voted for reunification in a democratic way, in full compliance with international law.