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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ukraine celebrated the national holiday without the Crimea: the security service saw the signs of separatism

In Chernivtsi region in Ukraine was a scandal because of the hand-drawn maps of the country, where there was a picture of the Crimea. According to local media, the case attracted the attention of the security Service of Ukraine (SBU), which are suspected organizers of the celebration, the call for changing the borders of the state. Local authorities called the case a “tempest in a teapot” and said that the image was symbolic.

A frame from the video.

The city of Storozhynets were arranged in the local house of culture celebration on the occasion of the national holiday — the unification Day. The map, drawn by hand, hung on the wall the whole event. During the celebration, the officials congratulated the audience with a memorable date and gave a speech about the independence of the state, not paying attention to the fact that the figure was not depicted Crimea.

According to representatives of SBU, the festival organizers intentionally did not draw on the map the Peninsula. Local officials suspect “in public appeals to change of borders of territory of Ukraine”. “Because the actions of the organizers of the event seen signs of a criminal offense under part 1 of article 110 of the criminal code of Ukraine, the security Service of Ukraine in Chernivtsi region January 23, was the appropriate criminal proceedings. The pretrial investigation proceeds”, – quotes Agency UNIAN a press-service of the Ministry. The punishment under this article envisages restriction of freedom for a term of three to five years.

The head of local administration Jaroslav Bartos in response to the accusation said that the picture was symbolic, and the map author did not try to invest in the image of malice. According to him, Storozhynets is a multinational district, where there was never separatism. “The incident no, this is a storm in a teacup, I see there is the Crimea, for me it’s not a matter of discussion,” he said.

It should be noted that this is not the first scandal associated with the differences in the image maps of Ukraine. In 2017 in the town of Brovary in honor of the independence day of the country on stage, also hung a map of the state without the Crimea, DNR and LC. The gaffe drew attention to the Prosecutor’s office, which withdrew the picture. And last month, the SBU interrogated the mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovy in a criminal case – because of a map on which were marked the self-proclaimed DND and LNR.

“For any state is a normal situation. Imagine if Russian officials are to draw a symbolic map of Russia or the citizens of China will draw the map without Taiwan, the same will be persecuted. From the point of view of reality, of course, the Crimea will never be Ukrainian, but as long as the state it claims to have the criminal cases connected with the image of the country will only grow”, – told “MK” the political scientist Rostislav Ishchenko.

This opinion is not accepted by the head of the “Institute of political studies” Sergei Markov. He points out that this event is a “little thing” amid high repressive policies in the country. “This is only a small part of all the political repression carried out in Ukraine. 88% of citizens believe that the Donbass will never be part of the state, 96% of Ukrainians believe that Crimea will never belong to the country. The government in this case expresses the opinion of the majority, and the opinion of four percent, jailing its own people,” – said the expert.

We will remind, on January 15 the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov on a press-conference on results of activities of Russian diplomacy in 2017, said that Russia respects the territorial integrity of Ukraine within the borders established after the referendum in the Crimea.


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