Crimean Tatar leader Dzhemilev: At least 250,000 people from Russia brought to occupied Crimea
The Ukrainian president's envoy for the Crimean Tatar people, MP and Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev says Russia rudely violates the Geneva Convention on the inadmissibility of compulsory change in the demographic situation in the occupied territory.
"They create conditions under which indigenous people are forced to leave the peninsula and populate it with people loyal to themselves. For example, they brought 250,000 people from Donetsk and Luhansk, many of them are criminals involved in lawlessness, and not less than 250,000, or even 300,000-400,000 people, according to different estimates, are residents of the Russian Federation," he said.
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"But everything is so secret there, [no one knows how] many new people are registered. Virtually, there are no Crimean Tatars in those structures possessing the information, everything is very secret," Dzhemilev said.
UNIAN memo. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014 after its troops had occupied the peninsula. An illegal referendum was held for Crimeans to decide on accession to Russia. De-facto Crimean authorities reported that allegedly 96.77% of the Crimean population had voted for joining Russia. On March 18, 2014, the so-called agreement on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia was signed in the Kremlin. The West did not recognize the annexation in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced. Ukraine's parliament voted to designate February 20, 2014, as the official date when the temporary occupation of Crimea began.