Russia deliberately demonstrates the military buildup in occupied Crimea in order to show the residents its "military power", the Ukraine’s Presidential Commissioner on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People and the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev wrote on Facebook.
Answering the Ukrainian journalists’ question in early July on the presence of Russian troops in occupied Crimea, I told that the militarization of the Crimea is in full swing, and according to the information available, close to 60 and 80 thousand troops have already been deployed on the peninsula.
They try to demonstrate their military presence very intensively, apparently, in order to show the Crimean residents how much military equipment they have. In many cases, this is old equipment, but there is new as well.
I believe that the recent statements by the Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu on the "self-sufficient group of forces deployed on the Crimean territory ", confirms the above information, according to the Ukraine’s Presidential Commissioner.
Dzhemilev also argues there is information that the Russian Federation is restoring in occupied Crimea the nuclear repository that has been cleared under the Budapest Memorandum.
There is information that the missiles have been deployed in Crimea and they can carry nuclear warheads "Iskander" and "Topol", stressed Dzhemilev.
So far, NATO argues there is no accurate information on the nuclear weapons having been deployed in Crimea. However, the Crimean Tatar leader said that there are a lot of prerequisites for storage of nuclear weapons since there are storage depots and carriers.
It is dangerous to downplay and ignore the corresponding threats against the background of the statements by the Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, according to Dzhemilev.
As QHA reported earlier, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported on the "self-sufficient forces having been deployed on the Crimean territory.” PHOTO: QHA