"We are ready to do this for over a month and even for half a year. In addition to the transport blockade of Crimea, we're going to insist that power supply to Crimea is cut off, [insist] on abolition of the agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the supply of energy to the occupied Donbas and Crimea. Russia supplies Donbas with power and Ukraine delivers energy to Crimea in return. In our point of view, this contradicts our national interests," Dzhemilev stressed.
The leader of the Crimean Tatars spoke of the campaign's demands to the authorities of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. According to him, the protesters demand that the Russian government releases all Ukrainian political prisoners and investigates 22 murders of Crimean Tatars in Crimea during the occupation, restores democratic freedoms in the peninsula, returns the property of 40,000 Ukrainian companies looted during the annexation, as well as withdraws occupation troops.
"We know that Russia spends and will annually spend $3-4 billion to maintain Crimea in such doldrums as it is now. We want this price to be higher because it is much more expensive to deliver food and other goods by air or sea to Crimea," Dzhemilev stated.
According to him, the protesters demand the Ukrainian government to abolish the law "On the free economic zone of Crimea", that is, the automatic ban on all cargo operations with the peninsula. "The Crimean Tatars stand against Ukrainian food and other goods to be freely imported into the territory of Crimea. Mejlis insists that Ukraine cannot allow further cargo operations under the law "On the free economic zone of Crimea ", adopted in September 2014," Dzhemilev said.
It should be reminded that several hundred people mostly from among the Crimean Tatars and Right Sector soldiers with tacit support of the law enforcers have started blocking the import of goods from mainland Ukraine to the occupied Crimea since Sept. 20. All three roads leading to the peninsula have been blocked by the activists near Chonhar, Chaplynka and Kalanchak border crossing points. Hundreds of trucks have accumulated at the administrative border with Crimea. Only passenger transport has unobstructed access to the peninsula.