On July 11, the criminal “head of Crimea” Sergey Aksyonov “suddenly remembered” some “development of regular passenger traffic” between the occupied Crimea and the mainland regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions, saying that “today, buses run from Simferopol, Yalta and Dzhankoy to Melitopol, Berdyansk, Genichesk, Skadovsk”.

Let us recall that in this area, the Russian invaders for a long time and obsessively tried to promote themselves both on “official buses” and on fake “suburban trains”, which, however, never appeared.

At the same time, boasting about the “growth in passenger traffic”, Aksyonov from “12.5 thousand passengers in the second half of 2022” to “more than 21 thousand in the first half of 2023”, Aksyonov “a little forgets” to mention two things.

Firstly, the majority of persons are transported from the Ukrainian mainland to the occupied peninsula not by buses of the “Krymtrolleybus” illegal structure, controlled by the Crimean Gautleiter, but by “black carriers” and with the main route outside both the occupied peninsula and the aggressor state.

And secondly, cynically stating that “our regions are historically connected by a huge number of ties – economic, cultural, human,” the aggressor’s puppet is silent about one simple fact: before the aggressor’s large-scale invasion 2.582 million people traveled from the mainland to the occupied Crimea in both directions in 2019.

And even under the conditions of covid restrictions, when Crimean residents mostly crossed the demarcation line, in 2020 this number was 566 thousand people, and in 2021 the passenger traffic reached 659 thousand people.

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