(QHA) -

Some of 10 thousand Crimean Tatars left Crimea since its unification with Russia, head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said on the air of TBi Channel.

“Some of 20 thousand people had to leave Crimea since the annexation, 9-10 thousand of them were Crimean Tatars. They have settled in Ukraine. Ukrainian government, as well as the Mejlis, supports them”- Chubarov said.

According to Mejlis head, the majority of Crimean Tatars live in Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine, the others settled in the west of the country.

Crimea seceded from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in March following a local referendum on the region’s status. The move, however, was not recognized by Kyiv and western powers.

The US, EU, Canada, Japan and other countries have imposed sanctions as their policy of non-recognition of Crimea’s unification with Russia.