On March 24, 2021, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved the Strategy for the De-occupation and Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by his Decree No. 117/2021: https://cutt.ly/uxR7hfC
The Strategy is the first document since 2014 to comprehensively define the directions of Ukraine’s policy on the liberation of the occupied Crimea from the occupiers and further reintegration. It was also a powerful signal to our international partners on the eve of the launch of the Crimean Platform, as it has become our key foreign policy tool for consolidating international efforts to de-occupy the peninsula.
This Strategy is the basis for the vision document of the Strategy for the Restoration of Crimea after De-occupation and other developments that guide us in developing reintegration measures. The provisions of the Strategy became the basis for the Law “On Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine”.
This important document contains many important thematic blocks: information policy, human rights protection, economic and environmental component, cultural and technical component, socio-economic rights. The Strategy envisages the implementation of various measures for the de-occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula – diplomatic, military, economic, informational, humanitarian and other.
The Mission’s team worked hard to develop the Strategy. Its approval became possible due to the leading role of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who raised the issue of the occupied Crimea and the creation of policies for its de-occupation and reintegration to a high political level.
Thus, the Strategy of De-occupation and Reintegration prioritized the political and diplomatic path of de-occupation, but never excluded the military one. Therefore, in the face of a full-scale invasion, Ukraine will choose how to liberate its people and territory from the Russian occupiers.
The goals of the Strategy are the goals of Ukraine’s victory. Restoration of the territorial integrity and security of the state, ensuring national unity and sustainable comprehensive development based on European integration, the rule of law and preservation of the cultural diversity of indigenous peoples.
“This year, some measures and emphases of the Strategy will undergo changes that have become necessary in the context of Russia’s full-scale invasion and are a requirement of the times. The Strategy will consolidate the key thesis – the end of the war will begin with the liberation of Crimea, because the war began with its occupation. There will also be provisions that will detail the framework of reintegration measures: from the restoration of public authorities to the verification of documents and transactions,” said the Permanent Representative Tamila Tasheva.
We continue to work for the speedy de-occupation and safe reintegration of the Crimean peninsula. Together we will win!