Kyiv Lviv Kharkiv Odesa
February 19
11:00 АMKYIV – Larysa Denysenko, human rights activist, ambassador of political prisoner Remzi Bekirov, member of the Executive Board of PEN Ukraine;

– Anna Sytnikova, Chief Consultant of Crimean Platform Support Service at the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea;

– Viktoria Nesterenko, Project Manager at ZMINA Human Rights Center; 

All in person.
Press conference on the launch of the “Letters to a Free Crimea” initiative

Why this is interesting: 
Starting from February 19 to May 19, 2024, the “Letters to a Free Crimea” initiative will function in Ukraine and abroad encouraging Ukrainians and residents of other countries to write letters to Crimean political prisoners illegally detained by russia.

The goal of the initiative is to act as a reminder about the Ukrainian prisoners of the kremlin and to extend a message of much needed support to those held in captivity. In addition, letters from concerned people signal to prison administrations that every citizen of Ukraine is valued and the society is looking closely at the conditions of their detention.

During the event, the organizers will elaborate on the initiative as well as how Ukrainians and foreign citizens can join it. In addition, the participants will highlight the number of Crimean prisoners held captive by russia as well as speak about the conditions they are in and what kind of assistance they need.
2:00 РM KYIV– Andrii Demchenko, Spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (online)Protests at the borders with Poland: the situation at the checkpoints, the protesters’ demands and next steps
11:00 AM KHARKIV– Yevhen Vasylenko – spokesperson of the Main Office of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region– Briefing: “Operational situation in the Kharkiv region for the period February, 12 – February, 18 2024”