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Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs

The Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs (Ukrainian: Міністерство з питань тимчасово окупованих територій та внутрішньо переміщених осіб України) is a government ministry in Ukraine officially established on 20 April 2016 [1] to manage occupied parts of Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea regions affected by Russian military intervention of 2014.

Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs (Ukraine)
Ukrainian: Міністерство з питань тимчасово окупованих територій та внутрішньо переміщених осіб України
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Department overview
Formed20 April 2016 [1]
Jurisdiction Ukraine
HeadquartersKyiv, Ukraine
Minister responsible
Websitemtot.gov.ua

Contents

HistoryEdit

Vadym Chernysh was on 14 April 2016 [2] appointed as first and current Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs in the Groysman government.[2] On 20 April 2016 his ministry was created by merging the State Agency for restoration of Donbass (formerly part of Ministry of Regional Development) and the State Service for Russian annexed Crimea and Sevastopol (formerly under direct administration of the Cabinet of Ukraine).[1] Chernysh is the former head of the State Agency for restoration of Donbass.[3]

The ministry tries to "search for solutions and reintegration strategies" for Ukraine to regain control Crimea and parts of the historical region Donbass.[4] Ukraine lost control over Crimea, which was unilaterally annexed by Russia in March 2014.[5][6][nb 1] In the Donbass region of the Eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian protests escalated into an armed separatist insurgency early in April 2014, when masked gunmen took control of several of the region's government buildings and towns.[5][8] This led to the creation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic.[5][9] Violence between the Ukrainian army and the forces of the two breakaway republics escalated into an armed conflict known as the War in Donbass.[10][11] The War in Donbass lead to 1.6 million people registered as internally displaced persons by the Ukrainian government.[12] The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported in March 2016 that 800,000 to 1 million of them lived within Ukrainian government controlled Ukraine.[12]

List of ministersEdit

State Agency for restoration of DonbasEdit

Name of minister Term of office
Start End
Andriy Nikolayenko 22 September 2014 14 October 2014
Vadym Chernysh 26 June 2015 20 April 2016

State Service on issues of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol cityEdit

Name of minister Term of office
Start End
Aslan Ömer Kırımlı 14 May 2015 19 August 2015
Nariman Ustayev 20 August 2015 20 April 2016

Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPsEdit

Name of minister Term of office
Start End
Vadym Chernysh[2] 20 April 2016[3][nb 2] Incumbent[2]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The status of the Crimea and of the city of Sevastopol is currently under dispute between Russia and Ukraine; Ukraine and the majority of the international community consider the Crimea to be an autonomous republic of Ukraine and Sevastopol to be one of Ukraine's cities with special status, while Russia, on the other hand, considers the Crimea to be a federal subject of Russia and Sevastopol to be one of Russia's three federal cities.[5][7]
  2. ^ Chernysh was appointed the Minister on 14 April 2016,[2] while the ministry was approved to be established only on 20 April 2016.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) The Cabinet decided to create the Ministry of temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons, Ukrayinska Pravda (20 April 2016)
  2. ^ a b c d e New Cabinet formed in Ukraine, UNIAN (14 April 2016)
    Week’s balance: PM Groysman, Rada’s sabotage, and disappointing IMF forecast, UNIAN (18 April 2016)
  3. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) Cabinet of Ukraine approved creation of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs. Radio Liberty. 20 April 2016
  4. ^ (in Ukrainian) Vadim Chernish, Minister of temporarily occupied territories and IDPs: "The State shall clearly outline the position on the occupied territories and the people who were there", Zerkalo Nedeli (15 April 2016)
  5. ^ a b c d Ukraine crisis timeline, BBC News
  6. ^ EU & Ukraine 17 April 2014 FACT SHEET Archived 14 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine., European External Action Service (17 April 2014)
  7. ^ Gutterman, Steve. "Putin signs Crimea treaty, will not seize other Ukraine regions". Reuters.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  8. ^ Masked gunmen tighten grip on eastern Ukraine, Reuters (30 April 2014)
  9. ^ Eighteen of thirty-four district election commissions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions captured – CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (22 May 2014)
  10. ^ Grytsenko, Oksana (12 April 2014). "Armed pro-Russian insurgents in Luhansk say they are ready for police raid". Kyiv Post.
  11. ^ Leonard, Peter (14 April 2014). "Ukraine to deploy troops to quash pro-Russian insurgency in the east". Yahoo News Canada. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  12. ^ a b Over 3 mln people live in conflict zone in Ukraine's east – UN report, Interfax-Ukraine (3 March 2016)

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