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120 political prisoners in Russian detention centers in Crimea

Ukrainian parliamentarian Rustam Umarov said that the number of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russian detention camps in the Crimea has reached 120, since Moscow occupied the region in 2014. 

Umarov is also the chairman of the Turkish-Ukrainian Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Umarov explained, that the Russian occupation still ruthlessly controls Ukrainian citizens in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine 6 years ago.

He revealed the presence of 120 political prisoners in Russian prisons in the Crimea, “while the number of children who lost their parents in the prisons of those prisons is close to 200.”

He stressed that Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is illegal, especially as Moscow continues to put pressure on the Ukrainian side 6 years ago.

Turkish-Ukrainian relations “distinctive”

On the relations between Turkey and Ukraine, Umarov pointed out the establishment of a friendship group between the two countries last year, “but its activities were temporarily suspended due to the outbreak of the Coruna virus.”

He stressed that the group will continue its activities aimed at supporting and promoting the growth of relations between Turkey and Ukraine, with the Ukrainian parliament resuming its work after the summer vacation.

He pointed out that the bilateral relations between the two countries extend until 1918, when those relations were always good.

And he added: “Relations between the two countries are moving forward and developing at an accelerated pace, especially with the visit of the Turkish Presidency spokesman Ibrahim Qalan to Kiev on June 22 and the talks he held with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky on the roadmap of relations between the two countries for the year 2020.”

We asked for Turkey’s help in the “political prisoners” case

On the issue of political prisoners in Russian prisons in the Crimea, the Ukrainian parliamentarian said that his country has requested assistance from Turkey on the subject.

In this regard, he stressed the continuation of Russian pressure on his country since Moscow occupied the region and regions in the east of the country 6 years ago.

It is reported that Kiev is using diplomatic means to release political prisoners in the Crimea.

He continued: “Our efforts in the political and diplomatic sphere are continuing to resolve this issue, but the most important thing is Russia’s departure from Crimea and eastern Ukraine.”

He referred to the agreement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelinsky to build 500 housing units for the Crimean Tatars in Kherson Ukraine, during his visit to Kiev in February.

He added, “I came to Turkey in the last period to coordinate on this issue.”

Since the annexation decision, Ukrainian citizens of Crimea, headed by the Crimean Tatars, have been subjected to repression, including arbitrary arrests and detentions.

Turkey and the world have not recognized Russia’s unilateral annexation of Crimea.

120 political prisoners in Russian detention centers in Crimea

On March 27, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that a referendum to annex Crimea to Russia is invalid.

The decision expressed support for the Ukrainian territorial integrity, stressing that Crimea and Sevastopol are an integral part of Ukraine.

On many occasions, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his country’s failure to recognize Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

After the annexation, some non-Russian Tatars and Ukrainians were forced to leave the peninsula due to the pressure they were exposed to.

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