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2014.03.14 11:39

Lithuanian diplomat in Crimea: journalists under attack, politicians missing, firms seized

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.03.14 11:39

(BNS)Journalists are under attack, companies are being seized and opposition politicians are going missing, said a Lithuanian diplomat after visiting Russia-controlled Crimea ahead of Sunday’s referendum. Lithuanian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Giedrius Čekuolis finally made it to Crimea by train after his flight was not allowed to land in Simferopol earlier this week.

 (BNS)Journalists are under attack, companies are being seized and opposition politicians are going missing, said a Lithuanian diplomat after visiting Russia-controlled Crimea ahead of Sunday’s referendum. Lithuanian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Giedrius Čekuolis finally made it to Crimea by train after his flight was not allowed to land in Simferopol earlier this week.

He says a number of opposition figures have been reported as missing in Crimea. More than 60 attacks on journalists have been reported in the region.

“People can be attacked on the street – if they [Russian forces] see a camera, they grab it, and smash it. They want to limit the flow of information from here as much as possible. There are plans to block Ukrainian channels as of today. This is a truly well-prepared and a well-orchestrated operation to occupy Crimea,” Čekuolis said in a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon.

“You can feel the tension in the city. People are tense, there are lines at ATM machines, and people are withdrawing money. Industrial companies are being taken over, a few were taken over today alone,” said the ambassador.

Čekuolis said hundreds of people are fleeing Crimea on a daily basis, with hundreds fired from their jobs at local companies.

Čekuolis said he met with local Tatars who plan to boycott Sunday’s referendum on Crimea’s annexation to Russia. The Western world views the referendum as unlawful, saying it runs counter to the Ukrainian Constitution and international laws. Furthermore, it is being held under occupation conditions.

In the Lithuanian diplomat’s words, the Ukrainian administration is not in control of Crimea.“The self-appointed [pro-Russian] administration has issued arrest warrants for some top-ranking Ukrainian officials. Some of them are in hiding, some went back in Kiev because staying in Simferopol was unsafe,” he added.

“Preparations are underway for the Day X, when the Russian army will put on its marked uniforms,” he added.

Čekuolis indicated that he is accompanied by the ambassadors of France, Sweden, and Slovenia in Crimea. Lithuania’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Petras Vaitiekūnas, is also in Crimea.

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