On May 10, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine hosted a presentation of the working group created on the basis of the Mission of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky – “De-occupied Crimea: priority steps of the state”.

The priority steps document was presented to people’s deputies under the chairmanship of the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Korniyenko and President’s Permanent Representative Tamila Tasheva.

Kornienko noted at the opening that the topic of the occupied Crimea has become a key one against the backdrop of the Crimean Platform and its parliamentary dimension: “We must talk about the specifics that await us after the de-occupation. This is all a prospect without a clear time frame, because de-occupation can happen either tomorrow or in a few months. It is necessary to prepare projects, initiatives and bases for reintegration. We have a very large amount of work that we have to do together”.

Tamila Tasheva also thanked the people’s deputies for participating in the event: “We all understand that the de-occupation will take place in a political, diplomatic and military way, that is, in a hybrid way. We hope this will happen as soon as possible, so we must be ready for the whole process. It is clear that the leading and key role will be played by the Ukrainian parliament, so it is important for us to synchronize actions with parliamentarians, participants in the Crimean Platform, chairmen of committees and friendship groups.”

The Permanent Representative familiarized those present with the upcoming steps of the Ukrainian state in the areas of: restoration of public authorities and personnel policy, issues of responsibility for crimes, issues of property rights, humanitarian policy, as well as deportation of Russian citizens who entered the occupied peninsula after 2014 illegally.

Questions were also raised about the work of the judicial system in the liberated Crimea. An important topic was the demilitarization of education on the de-occupied peninsula.

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