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 Crimea and Donbas should go side by side in de-occupation terms, - Chubarov

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The issue of the return of Crimea under Ukrainian government control should not be considered separately from the Donbas.

This was stated by the leader of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, member of Ukrainian parliament (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) Refat Chubarov, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

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"Crimea is not just territory, and not just people who live there. Crimea is the homeland of Ukraine's indigenous people (Crimean Tatars, Karaites and inhabitants of Crimea - ed.). If we leave this [issue postponed - ed.] for a long perspective, then Russia will do its best to destroy these indigenous people," Chubarov said on a conference in Kyiv commenting on German politicians' statements that the issue of Crimea should be tackled after the Donbas problem is solved.

Chubarov said Ukraine should not allow that indigenous people were destroyed on its territory.

"This is why Crimea and the territories we do not control in the east of Ukraine, Crimea and the Donbas, should go side by side, and these issues should be tackled simultaneously," Chubarov said.

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On Aug. 6, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) of Germany Christian Lindner said Germany may have to accept Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine as a "permanent provisional arrangement" in order to offer Russian President Vladimir Putin face-saving options to change his policies.
 
 
 
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