Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian MP, commented on the creation of the Crimean battalion during the press conference ‘De-occupation of Crimea: Task for the State and Society for 2016’:

“It will not be mono-ethnic or mono-religious formation. This may be a unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard or the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. The battalion will be created from three sources: displaced persons who now live on the mainland Ukraine, young people who live in Crimea and do not want to serve in Russian Army, as well as contractors. There will not be only Crimean Tatars. The ban of alcohol and provision of food in accordance with Islamic rules (halal) will be only difference.

Moreover, Chubarov said that the battalion could be one of the important units in de-occupation of Crimea, a QHA journalist reports.