Fiona Frazer, Deputy Head of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine said in an interview with Censor.NET.
According to her, the blockade of occupied Crimea has apparently influenced the human rights situation on the peninsula. At the same time, there were at least two aspects noticed.
The first one was mainland Ukraine. The UN monitoring mission observers noted that the 'blockade' was carried out by activists who had ties with certain political forces. These activists, in separate cases, tried to prevent the movement of persons from Crimea to Ukraine threatening them with firearms. The problem there was violation of the right to move freely.
The second aspect concerned the life on the peninsula. According to Fiona Frazer, the "blockade" impacted the supply of goods and food in Crimea, which led to rise in prices. The low-income groups have suffered from this most of all.
Speaking of the damaged power transmission towers, the mission's deputy head said that hospitals, schools, electric public transport had obviously been blacked out, which caused difficulties to business and everyday life of the residents, having impacted their living standards in general.
At the same time, according to Frazer, the "blockade" and the destruction of power transmission towers was caused by the facts of oppression of Crimean Tatars that took place earlier. She said that there was no total blackout observed in Crimea anyway.
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