Kyiv Lviv Kharkiv Odesa
May 18
11:00 AM

ODESAPavlo Bulanovych, director of the Department of ecology and natural resources of Odesa regional state administration (in person);

Dmytro Savaliuk, deputy director of the Department – head of the Department of environmental programs, accounting, financial reporting and organizational support of Odesa regional state administration (in person);

Vladyslav Khrushch, acting head of the State ecological inspectorate of the South-western region (Mykolaiv and Odesa regions) (in person);
Topics of focus:

– Compensation for damage to the environment of Odesa region because of russian aggression;
– Restoration of the Danube water bodies;
– Ecological situation of the Black Sea;
12:00 PMODESAAndriy Artemenko, acting deputy head of Odesa customs service regional office of State customs service of Ukraine (in person);

Kostyantyn Myronov, Head of the State supervision Department in Odesa region of the State service of Ukraine for Transport safety (in person);

Oleksii Skrypchenko, Manager of the logistics Department of Blasko Transport Company LLC (in person).

Topics of focus: 

– Advantages of the “eCherga” (Equeue) system in international cargo transportation;
– How to use the system when crossing the border;
Functions and responsibilities of the Customs Service and the State Service of Ukraine for Transport Safety;
– How many people have used the “eCherga” (Equeue) system since its launch; 
01:00 PMODESAKateryna Semeniuk, volunteer from Lutsk, chaplain (in person);

Topics of focus:

– Chaplaincy mission at the frontline and in the de-occupied territories;
01:30 PMODESANataliya Humenyuk, chief of the Joint Coordination Press Office of the Security and Defense Forces in the South of Ukraine (online)
Topics of focus:

Consequences of shelling of Odesa on May 17;
Threats from the sea and from the occupied territories
10:00 АMKYIVOnysiia Syniuk, legal analyst at ZMINA Center for Human Rights (personal participation)Briefing: “Soviet criminal experience, or how russia continues to deport Ukrainians: a report by human rights activists”Onysiia Syniuk, legal analyst at ZMINA Center for Human Rights (personal participation)

Why is it interesting?

On May 18, Ukraine commemorates the victims of the Crimean Tatar’s deportation. russia, as the de facto USSR successor, is committing the same crimes today: almost a century later, there are Ukrainians being deported en masse, just as Stalin did with the Crimean Tatars in 1944. At that time, the world did not condemn the genocide of the people, so the unpunished evil returned. However, today’s deportation looks different, and russia calls it “evacuation,” allegedly saving Ukrainians from the horrors that russia has created itself.

ZMINA has investigated the way modern deportation is being pursued, what it is often disguised as, and under what circumstances it takes place.
12:00 PMKYIV– Aziz Umerov, brother of Leniie Umerova, a victim held illegally in a Moscow pretrial detention center for political reasons (in person);

– Adil-Girey Ablyatifov, Crimean Institute of Civil Society representative, son of the deceased soldier Rustem Ablyatifov (online);

– Ilimdar Khodzhametov, the Armed Forces of Ukraine serviceman, an activist forced to leave Crimea because of his activities (in person);

– Yevhenii Yaroshenko, CrimeaSOS analyst (in person);

– Olha Skrypnyk, the Head of the Crimean Human Rights Group (in person)
Special event: “War crimes against Crimean Tatars – the signature of those found guilty committing the 1944 deportation”

Why is it interesting?

The russian occupier’s current actions in Crimea are in many ways similar to the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Soviet secret police NKVD on the peninsula in 1944. Since 2014, local activists and leaders of the Crimean Tatar people have been persecuted by the russian occupiers. The indigenous people’s representatives are imprisoned and illegally sentenced on trumped-up charges of alleged “terrorism” or “espionage”, sabotage, and participation in illegal armed groups, prisoners are deprived of the possibility to receive protection, and families are not informed about the fate of their loved ones.

According to various sources, about 200 politically motivated persecutions have been recorded in Crimea. Most of these people are Crimean Tatars. Usually, sentences reach 10-19 years, and the occupiers practice transferring prisoners to the russian Federation.
2:00 PMKYIVVasyl Bodnar, Ukraine’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Türkiye (online)Grain Deal and Türkiye elections

Topics of focus:

– Grain Deal operation;
– Presidential elections in Türkiye;
– The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide