Ukrainians in Crimea forced to join the Russian army, deprived of the right to land
“The situation in Crimea is overshadowed by a new wave of active Russian military aggression in Ukraine. Ukrainians in Crimea are drafted into the Russian army and are forced to fight against their homeland. Refusal is punished with detention and imprisonment. They are deprived of the right to own land plots in Crimea and to study in their native language. Religious institutions are closed or arrested by the occupation authorities,” First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar said at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
As the official stressed, the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people and Ukrainian activists were arrested and imprisoned for up to 20 years on charges of espionage, sabotage, and terrorism.