This was said in a comment by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on yet another wave of illegal searches and detentions in the occupied Crimea.
According to the available information, following searches in the houses of Aider Kadyrov (village of Rozlyvy, Nizhnyohirskyy district), Ayder Abliakimov (village of Soniachna Dolyna, Sudak district), Rydvan Umerov (town of Sudak), and Enver Topchi (urban village of Ichki (Sovietskyy), Ichki district), these people were illegally detained. During the previous wave of arrests in July, the occupation administration detained seven Crimean Tatars, the Foreign Ministry recalled.
“Russia has systematically used a repressive apparatus to persecute journalists, including citizen journalists, and activists, and continues to pursue a policy of persecuting all those who disagree with the occupation, from which representatives of the Crimean Tatar people suffer the most... We demand that Russia immediately release the four persons detained today, as well as all Ukrainian citizens illegally detained by Russia. As of today, Russia illegally holds about 100 Ukrainian citizens behind bars," the Foreign Ministry said.
Ukrainian diplomats called on the international community to continue active protection of the rights and freedoms of residents of the occupied Crimea and to increase pressure on Russia to end its gross human rights violations on the temporarily occupied peninsula.
As Ukrinform reported, on Monday, August 31, the Russian occupation authorities raided the houses of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea. Four people were detained. Ukraine opened a criminal investigation into the illegal searches in Crimean Tatar homes on the occupied peninsula.
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