AA / Kiev
Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova said on Saturday that Russian authorities in the Crimean Peninsula, a territory illegally annexed by Moscow, had arrested more than 50 people.
Dzhaparova pointed out in a post on her Twitter account that Russia’s arbitrary practices against Ukrainian citizens in Crimea were in retaliation for the activities of the “International Platform for the Disoccupation of Crimea”.
The said Platform aims to raise the issue of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in international forums.
Ukrainian Diplomacy Number 2 said the arrests were made outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in Crimea after civilians came to ask for information on 5 Crimean Tatars placed in detention.
She said more than 50 people, including journalists, have been arrested by Russian security.
Earlier on Saturday, the head of the National Council of the Crimean Tatars (Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People), Refat Chubarov, said his deputy, Nariman Jalal, was currently being held at FSB headquarters in Crimea.
Chubarov added, in a social media post, that Jalal was arrested at his home on the Crimean Peninsula.
Russia and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since March 2014, when Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula, located in the Black Sea, following a unilateral referendum, boycotted by the Crimean Tatars. On March 27 of the same year, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution deeming “null and void” Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Since that date, sanctions have been imposed on Moscow by the European Union, the United States and other countries.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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