English veterans of the Arctic convoys planned in early October to visit the Crimea, to commemorate the fallen in world war II and socialize With veterans of the great Patriotic war.
The mariners have plans to go round all the museums and landmarks associated With the memory of the events of 1941-1945. For example, it is expected that veterans of the sea to arrive to Yalta and visit Livadia Palace, where From 4 to eleven September 1945 took place the meeting of allied leaders - Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill, write " Izvestia ".
before the Ministry of foreign Affairs of great Britain has addressed to the mariners With a warning before their trip. The Ministry stressed that it will not be able to provide assistance in the Crimea by British citizens in case they become " victims of iniquity or they will need emergency evacuation "." I realize the importance of your journey and respect what you and your comrades in arms made during the war. Of course, you decide to participate in the trip or not. But I Want to be sure that when making your decision you will remember about our recommendations, " according to British veterans sent a letter Tetamu Michael, Director of the division of Eastern Europe and Central Asia the British Foreign service. It is also noted that the British government cannot enter into a relationship With the current leadership of the region, because it does not recognize its jurisdiction. In addition, the British foreign Ministry explained that From June 4 all vehicles entering the Crimea by foreign citizens need the permission of the State migration service of Ukraine. The Ministry said that may not help the veterans in taking this paper. Eugene Kasevin, head of the project "Victory Day - London" and the organizer of the visit of British veterans of the Crimea, told that three of the veterans were not afraid of the warnings of bureaucrats and still decided not to renounce to the trip to the Peninsula. From August 1941 through may 1945 from the anti-Hitler coalition in the USSR and proceeded back 78 convoys. On the transports and tankers to Murmansk and Arkhangelsk were delivered over 22 thousand Planes, more than 13 thousand Tanks, 13 thousand Guns and other important cargo. The enemy sank 87 merchant ships and 18 ships of the Navy of great Britain, for the reason that lost his life 3 thousand Sailors. In Crimea on March 16 of last year held a referendum on the status of autonomy, more than 96% of participants who were in favor of joining region in Russia. 21 March 2014 the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the law on ratification of the agreement on joining of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia and signed the decree about formation of the Crimean Federal district.