Liberation of Crimea is the only form of protection for Crimean Tatars - Poroshenko
The only form of protection for the Crimean Tatar people is the liberation of Crimea from occupation, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
Poroshenko told journalists after a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on Thursday, November 23, that he had informed Tusk about the latest searches conducted by the Russian occupation authorities in the homes of activists of the Crimean Tatar people on the peninsula.
"I informed him of terrible events that are taking place in Crimea today, when, during the searches and detention of Crimean Tatar activists, an activist with a very important history of protecting the interests of the Crimean Tatar people died during the detention. We are not going to put up with it. Russia must bear responsibility for these terrible steps, and I want to say that the only form of protection for the Crimean Tatar people is the liberation of Crimea from occupation," Poroshenko said.
Earlier on November 23, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mariana Betsa reported searches on the homes of representatives of the Crimean Tatar community and detentions in the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.
According to the CrimeaSOS human rights organization, searches were carried out in Simferopol, Simeiz, Kholodivka, Hrushivka, Yuzhne. Ruslan Trubach, Bekir Degermendzhi, Asan Chapukh, Kazim Ametov, Kurtseit Abdullayev, Kazim Ametov and Vedzhie Kashka were detained.
According to the leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Bloc of Petro Poroshenko MP Refat Chubarov, Kashka was hospitalized and subsequently died.
"Bad news came from Crimea regarding the death of a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement, 82-year-old legendary Vedzhie Abla Kashka, who fell unwell during the search of her house. Abla Kashka died in an ambulance," he wrote on his Facebook page.
According to Chubarov, the analysis of incoming information indicates a large-scale special operation being conducted by the Russian Federal Security Service in Crimea with the goal of making new arrests of activists of the national movement and discrediting the Mejlis.