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#2 UkraineMEMO: Crimea - occupied but not lost


In this issue of UkraineMEMO we are looking at the situation in Crimea. We are interested in what initiatives Ukraine is taking to point out the consequences of the occupation by the Russian Federation and to end it in the long term.

Two topics are in the foreground: First, the Crimea Platform, a new initiative of Ukrainian foreign policy. It is intended to provide the institutional framework for a regular exchange at a high diplomatic level between Ukraine and its international partners and to enable the reintegration of the peninsula in the long term. Secondly, the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 14 January 2021 to accept Ukraine's case against Russia. This means that in the coming months the Court will examine Russia's responsibility for human rights violations in Crimea from 27 February 2014.

Our interviewees in the second episode are:

Emine Dzhaparova, Ukraine's first deputy foreign minister. She is in charge of the Crimea Platform in the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the interview with Emine Dzhaparova, we talk about the goals of the Crimea Platform and what role Germany and the international community should play in it.

Sergiy Zayets, lawyer and expert in the field of human rights from Kyiv. As a lawyer, he is handling several individual appeals before the European Court of Human Rights. We learn from him about the significance of the Court's decision on the situation in Crimea and the similarities between the Georgian and Ukrainian state complaints against Russia.

Episode #2 of UkraineMEMO is also here available:

With its podcast "UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice", IEP presents new perspectives on Ukraine. With guests from Germany and Ukraine, Ljudmyla Melnyk discusses recent developments in the areas of Ukrainian politics, economy and society and thus provides an insight into the events on the ground that are moving the country. Ukraine's relationship with Germany and the EU is always kept in mind.

The UkraineMEMO podcast is part of the “German-Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN 2) project and is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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About the GURN – German Ukrainian Researchers Network project: The cooperation between think tanks and politics are strengthened. GURN focuses on knowledge transfer, capacity building and bilateral dialogue. Current developments and German-Ukrainian relations are discussed in a variety of formats.

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