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You're reading: Nataliia Protasova: War is in the Crimean air

I still own Ukrainian passport with Crimean registration though, so when the Crimean referendum was announced to be actually happening and the date was rushed to March 16, I made sure to book my airfare to Crimea.

I felt it’s my moral obligation to go there and vote for my country not to be separated, to vote for its peace and unity. 

I booked an airfare to Crimea two weeks in advance and was very excited to go. My excitement started to fade away when earlier this week I checked the online timetable at Simferopol airport. I couldn’t believe my eyes. All flights were being  cancelled one by one except flights going to and coming from Moscow.

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