Russian Zs are disappearing in Crimea: the underground turns them into hourglasses

On February 26, on the Day of Resistance to the Occupation of Crimea, the Crimean branch of the public resistance movement “Yellow Ribbon” started an open-ended campaign “The time of freedom is approaching.” Activists redraw the Z symbol, which the Russians leave on the streets of occupied cities and villages, on blue and yellow hourglasses. As a reminder that the time of the occupiers on the Ukrainian territory is passing and the liberation of the occupied territories is approaching.

“For 9 years of occupation, Russia did everything to destroy the Ukrainian resistance in Crimea, imprisoning and kidnapping those who remained loyal to their state. But despite everything, the resistance on the peninsula is only getting stronger, and its most widespread representative is the Crimean cell of the Yellow Ribbon resistance movement. The campaign “The time of freedom is approaching”, which they are launching today, is an important message that our citizens in occupied Crimea and in all temporarily occupied territories should hear. This is a reminder that Ukraine is close to us, and that we will all win together,” says Tamila Tasheva, permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

The “Yellow Ribbon” campaign has already covered Yalta, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Saki and other settlements of the peninsula. Activists call on Ukrainians everywhere in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to join the action, and Ukrainians in the territories controlled by Ukraine to support the movement and share information about the resistance.

“Since the beginning of the full-scale war, the yellow ribbon has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invaders. More than 7,000 people have already joined the movement, distributing yellow ribbons, leaflets and graffiti with pro-Ukrainian slogans on TOT. The Crimean cell of the movement is one of the largest. The blue and yellow hourglasses that started to appear on the peninsula are our warning to the occupiers that they have little time left to leave the Ukrainian territories,” says the curator of “Yellow Ribbon”.

The public resistance movement “Yellow Ribbon” was formed in the spring of 2022 in Kherson, and has currently spread to all temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. Ukrainians under occupation can join the movement through the Telegram bot “Together” to receive tasks, posters, leaflets and learn about safety rules.

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