The idea behind creating a Crimean Tatar battalion is that there should be a unit within the National Guard of Ukraine made up of Ukrainians, who either hail or emigrated from Russian-occupied Crimea, Refat Chubarov wrote on his Facebook page.
“We are not saying only representatives of one nationality or religion should be in the battalion. At the same time, one should take into account religious and national traditions of the battalion’s members,” Chubarov wrote.
According to Chubarov, reasons for creating a Crimean Tatar battalion within the National Guard of Ukraine far outweigh those against it.
“We made them known to President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko and Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov ... We are continuing to work to ensure that the rights and interests of all residents of Crimea – both Crimean Tatars and other nationalities – are respected ... And not only those living in mainland Ukraine but, first and foremost, those living in Russian-occupied Crimea. And part of these efforts include creating a Crimean Tatar battalion,” Refat Chubarov wrote.
Chubarov thinks it is wrong to discuss military-related matters in a country that is under attack, especially at a time when Crimea is occupied by Russia and a vast majority of its residents suddenly found themselves hostage to the occupying country.
It was reported earlier that Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov considers including the Noman Çelebicihan battalion in the Ukrainian Armed Forces the most acceptable solution. According to him, creating ethnically homogeneous battalions, either Georgian or Crimean Tatar ones, makes no sense.
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