Ministry of Foreign Affairs Condemns Russian Action in Crimea
The Russian occupation authorities continue their oppression of Crimea Tatar people
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its resolute protest over the illegal decision of the Russian occupying “court” in Simferopol city to sentence citizens of Ukraine Ruslan Trubach, Bekir Dehermendzhy and Kiazym Ametov to 3 years, and Asan Chapukh to 3.5 years of suspended sentence as a result of fabricated case on money extortion. The MFA posted this on their website.
These Ukrainian citizens were detained by Russian forces in November 2017 for “money extortion” from a citizen of Turkey that had stolen from a veteran of the Crimean Tatar national movement Vedzhye Kashka. The actions of the Russian forces during the search and arrest led to Vedzhye Kashka’s death.
The fabricated “case of Vedzhye Kashka” became one of the symbols of shame of the Russian occupation “justice.” Notwithstanding that all the arrested, elderly people, had serious health issues, no adequate medical assistance was provided to them for a considerable amount of time. Consequently, in couple of weeks after his arrest, Bekir Dehermendzhy was in coma for three days. While under arrest, Asan Chapukh suffered a ministroke.
The MFA also condemns new punitive actions of the Russian occupants under the guise of investigation of the so-called “Hizb ut-Tahrir case.” On April 17, 2019, the Crimean Tatar activist Raim Aivazov was detained at the “Kalanchak” checkpoint of entry-exit on the administrative border.
Ukraine stresses that the Russian Federation must end the violation of the human rights in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, release immediately all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine, ensure its full compliance with obligations of an occupying state according to international law, and implement to their full the resolutions of the UN General Assembly “Territorial integrity of Ukraine” of March 27, 2014, “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)” of December 19, 2016, December 19, 2017 and December 22, 2018, and as well as the order of the International Court of Justice regarding provisional measures in the in the case of Ukraine vs. Russia regarding the application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The MFA calls on the international community to increase the pressure on Russia in order to eliminate the violation of human rights in temporarily occupied Crimea, to release all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine and to speed-up the de-occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.