Activists in Ukraine have set up road blocks to prevent deliveries of food and other supplies crossing into Russia-controlled Crimea in a protest against the treatment of the minority Tatar community that could last up to six months.
The Tatar activists began to block roads on Sunday September 20th to highlight the treatment of Tatar people in Crimea, as well as to provoke Ukrainian authorities and the international community to do something about the situation. The region was annexed by Russia in March of 2014, causing western countries to place sanctions on Russia.
According to Kateryna Kruk, a political scientist and activist in Ukraine, 240 trucks were blocked from crossing the checkpoints on the first day of the blockade. TASS reported on Monday that more than 800 trucks were queuing at the Crimean border. The activists are only blocking supply trucks; civilians and regular traffic are still allowed across.