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 Ukraine will return Crimea through international legal tools, - Poroshenko

In the interview with Ukrainian TV channels, President Petro Poroshenko noted that Crimea remained Ukrainian territory and assured that he would do everything possible to return the peninsula to Ukraine with the help of international legal, political and diplomatic instruments.

He stated this in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels, Censor.NET reports referring to presidential press service.

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"Putin sees Crimea as a territory that should be inhabited by people from Siberia, which is already happening, or turned into a military base. For me, it is Ukrainian territory. Crimeans are Ukrainians. I will do everything to return Crimea through international legal mechanisms, judicial decisions and political and diplomatic means. There is no alternative to all this," Petro Poroshenko said.

According to the president, "we must do everything possible to defend the rights of Crimean Tatars." He reminded that Crimean Tatar leaders Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov had received greater opportunities to struggle for the rights of Crimean Tatars after their election to the Ukrainian Parliament. Also, Mustafa Dzhemilev was appointed Adviser to the president in order to elaborate actions intended for the return of Crimea.

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"We cannot allow cargoes to be delivered to the peninsula without proper control," the president noted. That's why in early November, he offered the government to close customs checkpoints for trucks.
 
 
 
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