Russia heavily militarizes Crimea, seeks to deploy nuclear weapons - Poroshenko

09:20, 31 March 2016
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke at the “Ukraine’s Battle for Freedom Continues” forum in Washington DC about Russia’s heavy militarization of the occupied Crimean peninsula and its plans to deploy nuclear weapons there as well, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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“There are systemic and large-scale violations of human rights in Crimea. International organizations signal these facts in their reports. The occupation regime targets everyone who shows dissent, especially Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars who support territorial integrity of Ukraine,” said Poroshenko.

According to the Ukrainian president, the Russian occupation regime has launched “over 130 criminal cases against Crimean Tatars, including a case to ban their main organization – Mejlis.”

Read alsoPrisoners of conscience: Why Kremlin needs Ukrainian hostages“21 Crimean Tatars have been kidnapped, 3 found dead, 9 are still missing. Over 20,000 Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars were forced to leave the peninsula,” Poroshenko said.

“Russia heavily militarizes Crimea. It seeks to deploy nuclear weapons there, too,” said the Ukrainian president.

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