Ukraine to raise issue of raids and detentions in Crimea at UN General Assembly

Ukraine to raise issue of raids and detentions in Crimea at UN General Assembly

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has condemned another wave of illegal politically motivated raids and detentions in the temporarily occupied Crimea carried out by the Russian occupation authorities.

The Foreign Ministry notes in its statement that, according to available information, on the night of February 17, searches were conducted in the homes of Crimeans Abdulbori Makhamadaminov, Azamat Eyupov, Timur Yalkabov, Ernest Ibrahimov, Oleh Fedorov, Lenur Seidametov and Yashar Shikhametov. Among those mentioned, there are activists of the Crimean Solidarity and the Crimean Childhood project for the children of political prisoners, clearly indicating the politically motivated nature of the actions of the occupying authorities of the peninsula.

"These actions once again testify to Moscow's complete disregard for the fundamental norms of international humanitarian law, its obligations as an occupying power, its readiness to use illegal force to suppress political and religious dissent, and to block human rights activities in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory," First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar said.

The Foreign Ministry once again reminded Russia of its obligation to fulfill international legal obligations in good faith, in particular as an occupying power, and to put an end to political repression against the population of the temporarily occupied territories.

"The issue of the illegal activities of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories, in particular the mentioned cases of illegal searches and detentions, will be raised by Ukraine at the UN General Assembly debates ‘Situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine’ on February 23, 2021," the Foreign Ministry informed.

Ukrainian diplomats call on international partners to give due consideration to the illegal actions of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

As reported, mass searches took place in Bilohirsk, Bakhchisaray, Simferopol, Sevastopol and Sovetskyi district in the temporarily occupied Crimea at 04:00 today. FSB officers conducted searches in seven households. Six people were detained. They are charged with participation in the Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia


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