U.S. calls on Russia to immediately release detained Crimean Tatars

The U.S. State Department has condemned persecution of the Crimean Tatars by the Russian occupation authorities and demanded that the detainees be released.

“The United States strongly condemns the September 4 detention of the Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Nariman Dzhelal, and at least 45 other Crimean Tatars by Russian occupation authorities in Crimea,” the statement said.

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Russia’s refusal to release detained people is ground to toughen intl sanctions – minister Reznikov

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov has said that Russia’s refusal to release the people illegally detained in Crimea and the Donbas is the ground for toughening international sanctions against the Russian Federation.

In this way he commented on the searches and detentions of five people in Crimea, including First Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelyal, the press service of the for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories said.

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The minister said that all those involved in the crimes will be identified and “sooner or later punished.” [In the Hague, presumably.]

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The drafts of the relevant documents were prepared by the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories together with the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and representatives of the public.