The Ministry of Reintegration does not recognize the Russian trial of the Crimean Tatars accused of terrorism
The Ministry of Reintegration commented on the sentences of three members of the Belogorsk group in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case on fabricated charges of "organizing and participating in a terrorist organization and seizing and retaining power".
Thus, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Igor Yaremenko stated that Ukraine does not recognize the Russian court over innocent people whom the Kremlin accuses of terrorism, the ministry's press service reported.
"We demand the abolition of this decision and the immediate release of our citizens. By Moscow's logic, Crimean Tatars are guilty because, as indigenous people, they live on their native land and do not recognize the attempted annexation of the Crimean peninsula, which Russia brazenly occupied." he declared.
He informed that the list of persons involved in illegal sentences for the imposition of sanctions by Ukraine would be ready soon. They are also preparing an appeal to the international community to apply sanctions against those on the list.
At the same time, according to Yaremenko, Ukraine will continue to provide financial support to political prisoners and their families, providing them with funds for legal protection against the arbitrariness of the Russian repressive machine.
"Religion is the weapon for Russia. Those who integrate into the system and support the ROC (Russian Orthodox Church) have a chance to survive. All those who have a different worldview and do not support the actions of the occupiers are destroyed. Tightening sanctions is a response to Russia's religious aggression in Crimea and Ukraine for the Russian Federation and specific individuals for religious persecution in the occupied territories of Ukraine and the international arena", - the Deputy Minister stressed.
What is known
- Crimean Tatars were sentenced to 13 to 18 years in a maximum-security prison.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has strongly protested against this decision.
- On the night of January 12, about 120 Crimean Tatars were illegally detained by the occupiers at the entrance to the Kerch Bridge for about 9 hours without hot drinks, food, in sub-zero temperatures. Crimean Tatars went to Rostov-on-Don to hear the verdict of the participants of the Belogorsk group in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case.
- Ukraine has launched criminal proceedings over the illegal imprisonment of 120 Crimean Tatars on the occupied peninsula.