Ukraine claims that human rights are increasingly being violated in Crimea

Crimea / Photo: Arthur Lookyanov / Alamy / Alamy / Profimedia

The Ukrainian representative for Crimea, Tamila Tasheva, pointed out today the increasingly frequent violation of human rights in Crimea, 10 years after Russia annexed that peninsula on the Black Sea.

- Until February 24, the occupying forces illegally detained 208 people, including 125 Crimean Tatars, said the permanent representative of the Ukrainian president of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

She criticized both the "colonization" and the "complete Russification" of that region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sealed the annexation of Crimea on March 18, 2014, after earlier deploying troops without visible military markings who arrived in Crimea after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Tasheva warned of the deterioration of human rights, especially of the Crimean Muslim Tatars who once had their own parliament.

According to her, about 70.000 Crimean residents left the peninsula, while, according to various estimates, between 500.000 and 800.000 Russians settled in Crimea.

Russian statistics do not show such a large increase in the Russian population. According to official Russian data, 100.000 more people live in Crimea compared to Ukrainian statistics before the annexation.

According to Tasheva, peace can only be achieved if Ukraine returns Crimea and other areas under Russian occupation. She also said that she does not believe that Russia will carry out the nuclear threat.

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