Crimean Tatars in Istanbul Hold Rally in Support of Ukraine

The protesters held the Crimean Tatar, Turkish and Ukrainian flags

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02.12.2018

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Crimean Tatars of Istanbul, Turkey, held a rally in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Radio Svoboda reported.

Representatives of Ukrainian non-governmental organizations came to support the activists.

The protesters held the Crimean Tatar, Turkish and Ukrainian flags. They had posters that said “Putin, stop war,” “Crimea without Russia,” “Crimea is the homeland of Crimean Tatars,” “Stop occupation,” and “We support territorial the integrity of Ukraine.”

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The chairman of the Crimean Tatar community, Dzhelial Ichten, read out a resolution for the press that says that the Crimean Tatar community of Turkey “categorically does not accept the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, stands for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and against Russian aggression, in particular the recent attack on Ukrainian ships by Russia.

The resolution calls on the Kremlin to stop provocations against Ukraine.

The people appealed to the Turkish authorities, NGOs and the media, stressing that Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians need their support and proper coverage of Russian aggression.

Ichten also expressed hope that Turkey would not stand aside and would join the sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States.

Russian provocations near the Kerch Strait began on Nov. 25. It started with a Russian coastal guard ship ramming into a Ukrainian tugboat that was transporting two artillery boats from Odesa to Mariupol. Russia blocked access to the Azov Sea altogether and sent two Ka-52 attack helicopters to tail the Ukrainian ships. Finally, it fired on the vessels.

Russian Special Forces then seized the three Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea. Several sailors were wounded.

Russia’s FSB security service said it had opened a criminal case into what it called the ships’ illegal entry into Russian territorial waters.

Between Nov. 27 and 28, the Russian-controlled Simferopol District Court remanded 21 Ukrainian sailors in custody until Jan. 25, 2019.

The three wounded sailors who were in the Kerch hospital were arrested by the Kerch City Court. They are also detained until Jan. 25. 

They all face up to six years of imprisonment.

In Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada voted to pass martial law on Oct. 26 in 10 regions of the country for 30 days.

Source Radio Svoboda
date 02.12.2018
categories Ukrainians in the world
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