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16th March is the greatest day in the recent history, my motherland Crimea re-joined my motherland Russia after a referendum! Turnout in Sevastopol was about whopping 89% and 82% in Simferopol.
95.7 percent of voters said ‘yes’ to the reunion of the republic with Russia. It was an extremely important event in the Crimean history because people there have never been asked if they want to be a part of Ukraine, if they want to have autonomy or if they want to be a part of Russia. I do not want to blame or insult no one, but let us be honest, Ukraine never cared about Crimea and never financed in a befitting way.
My neighbour there, a retired old woman, tells me every time I visit Crimea “when you will go back, please tell people, tell Russians that we are dying here. My pension is about 800 UAH and most of this money I should pay for house and public utilities.” Similarly, there are plenty of such examples. Crimea lives off tourism and during Soviet times this sphere was financed, Crimea was a beautiful pearl of USSR and what do we see now? Monuments and palaces have been ruining, the peninsula has problems with energy and water supply and high unemployment rate among young people. I cannot say that we do not have such problems in Russia, but I can say that we can manage them because Russia is a great country with a huge opportunity and promising future.
On the contrary, of course, I feel sad; I am terrified of present situation in Ukraine. Wonderful country is in ruin. As I am Ukrainian, I can understand that Ukrainians and few people in Crimea are emotional and do not want Crimea to be a part of Russia because they have lived together for 60 years, they sang national anthem, they visited each other, they were fans of their national teams, but now it is over. Nevertheless, we all should understand that Crimea has always been Russian land. It does not mean that all Ukrainians should leave the peninsula, it means that nobody can dictate people which language they should speak and whom they should honour as their national hero. Therefore, people have right to make choice and this time Crimea did it.
After real heroes of these days: Mr Aksenov, Mr Chaliy, Mr Timergaliev and Mr Konstantinov announced results of referendum; there was Russian anthem on the main square of Simferopol. People were crying and I was crying with them and they were the tears of happiness. I am Crimean and I am proud of my motherland who has a strong heart to face the whole world being honest, which now has chosen its own way. Be brave and be part of mother Russia. Welcome home, dear Crimea.
Note: The Author is a native Crimean living in Russia. Here is similar article by a native Crimean living in Crimea.