by Oleg Smirnov
The Crimean Supreme council MP Alexandra KUZEL claimed that “Ukraine is totally inconceivable in Crimea”. She said that in her interview to “Ukrainskaya pravda“.
According to Mrs Kuzel, people in Crimea think this way ‘I will sit without sewerage, without water, without heating, but it’s essential that Russian language and frienship with Russia remains’.
Mrs Kuzel also admitted that the citezens of Sevastopol do not wish to change their mentality.
‘I am telling people in Sevastopol ‘You sing “Sevastopol, Sevastopol, the city of Russian seamen’. Let’s say “Sevastopol is for its citizens, no matter if they are Juw, Russian, Tatar, Ukrainian’ And that it the end. Their eyes fade, hey do not hear me’, explained the politician.
Mrs Kuzel highlighted that she speaks Russian, but she felt herself much more Ukrainian in Crimea then in Ukraine.
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by Rose Griffin (“Russia Profile”)
But Russia’s eagerness to retain a presence in Sevastopol could reflect more than just a desire to protect its southern borders.
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine / It doesn’t take long for a visitor to Sevastopol to notice evidence of the city’s historic role as a heroic defender of Russia. Souvenir stalls sell Russian flags, and monuments and street names refer to Russian naval commanders as well as cultural icons. Ukrainian national symbols are confined to municipal buildings, including a conspicuously orange and blue post office on the main thoroughfare, Bolshaya Morskaya Street.
This image has been cultivated since its inception, as Mikhail YURLOV, a former Ukrainian diplomat and director of NGO Fund “Sevastopol,” as well as an advisor to the chairman of the Sevastopol City Administration, said: “Sevastopol is different to any other city in the Crimea, because it was built in 1783 as a Russian military fortress and developed as such over two centuries.” This history, Yurlov believes, came to define its inhabitants’ mentality.
Так в Севастополе отмечали день ВМФ СССР в 1954 году. Командующий Черноморским флотом на тот момент – адмирал Сергей Георгиевич Горшков.
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(видео) День ВМФ России в Севастополе в 2010 году (телеканал “НТС”)