Ukraine opens investigation of Shas MK following visit to Crimea

The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office launched a criminal investigation over the weekend into Shas MK Ya’acov Margi’s visit to Crimea last week, in an effort to dissuade others from visiting the peninsula and giving legitimacy to Russian rule there.

Margi, chairman of the Knesset Education Committee, stepped into a diplomatic mine-field last week when he met with the head of the Russian-established government in Crimea, Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, breaking with Israel’s policy of maintaining strict neutrality in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014.

According to a statement on the website of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, “a criminal investigation” against Margi was launched “into the illegal entry” into Russian-annexed Crimea.


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