“We have an opportunity to directly monitor the situation in Crimea. And when we talk about active militarization of the peninsula, we naturally have our own sources which give us an opportunity to find out about active restoration and reconstruction of military bases in Sevastopol. According to our sources, these works have been already completed, and it is most likely that several nuclear warheads have been deployed there,” Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, said during the discussion dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the occupation of Crimea at the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey.
According to him, Crimea is being turned into a military base, it has long ceased to be a “gem”, a historical, tourist and cultural attraction, which it was until 2014.
“To date, according to various estimates, Russia has brought over 500,000 inhabitants from its territories to Crimea and contributes to the active resettlement of the peninsula. The ecological situation in Crimea is deteriorating. The lack of drinking water, which Crimea had received previously from the territory of Ukraine, led to the soil salinization. Historical and cultural sites, everything that bears relation to the history of the Crimean Tatar people, to Ukraine, is being destroyed,” Chiygoz said.
According to him, the main goal of the Russian Federation in the annexed peninsula is to present Crimea as the Russian territory without Crimean Tatars and to force the Crimean Tatars to leave the peninsula.
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