Shmyhal: Energy independence has always been a top objective for the government.

The Cabinet of Ministers has made energy independence a persistent priority, and it envisions, in particular, the integration of Ukraine’s energy markets into the European Union’s markets.
“The government’s continual priority is energy independence. Integrating gas and electricity markets into European Union markets, developing nuclear generation (building new nuclear power plants and diversifying nuclear fuel supplies) are among our responsibilities “According to a Ukrinform correspondent, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said at the Cabinet meeting.

The PM also listed the expansion in domestic energy production and the restructuring of coal districts as tasks for the Cabinet of Ministers in 2022.

In 2022, the Energy Efficiency Fund initiative is anticipated to renovate at least 500 apartment buildings and 5,000 houses using budget cash and loans.

During Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the number of political detainees and those facing criminal charges increased to 234, with 164 Crimean Tatars among them.

According to Ukrinform, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center posted this on Facebook.

After occupying Crimea, Russia began a wave of repressions against Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian activists across the peninsula, where detentions and arrests were commonplace.

“The number of political detainees and those tried in criminal cases over the whole time of occupation totaled 234, according to the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, of which 164 were members of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people,” the statement claimed.

Those that are prosecuted fall into one of five groups, based on their status:

– condemned and imprisoned in a penal colony (70 people, including 45 Crimean Tatars);

– Restrictions or probation were imposed on 31 people, including 18 Crimean Tatars;

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– 51 people, including 44 Crimean Tatars, are being held in a pre-trial detention institution;

– 50 people were liberated, including 32 Crimean Tatars;

– being hunted down (32, including 26 Crimean Tatars).

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center demands the immediate release of political detainees and urges the world community and international human rights groups to increase pressure on Russia and the occupation authorities in Crimea to halt political persecution.

As previously reported by Ukrinform, the Day of a Ukrainian Political Prisoner is commemorated every year on January 12 in commemoration of people imprisoned for political reasons in Ukraine.

The practice of commemorating Political Prisoner Day began in 1975, at the initiative of Vyacheslav Chornovil, who advocated for opposition to the Soviet regime’s persecution and cruelty.

The purpose for the day was originally the repression of Ukrainian intellectuals by Soviet authoritarianism, but now it is the Russian administration that is terrorizing Ukrainians.


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