(QHA) -

Crimean authorities need to investigate all potential leads in these disappearances, including whether paramilitary groups or Russian security forces were behind them, Human Rights Watch announced Oct 7, referring to numerous cases of people’s abductions in Crimea.

“The disappearances are contributing to the atmosphere of fear and hostility in Crimea for anyone who is pro-Ukraine, including Crimean Tatars,” said Yulia Gorbunova, Europe and Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities need to investigate all potential leads in these disappearances, including whether paramilitary groups or Russian security forces were behind them”- reads the statement.

“The authorities need to find out what happened to these men,” Gorbunova said. “As one person after another falls out of sight without any resolution of the cases, it sends the message to those responsible that they can continue to act with impunity”- summed up in the statement.

The statement comes as after numerous facts of people’s abductions appeared in Crimea.

Two young Crimean Tatars, 19-year-old Islyam Dzhepparov and his 23-year-old cousin Dzhevdet Islyamov were abducted from Belogorsk, Crimea, Sept 27, their whereabouts remain unknown.

23-year-old Eskender Apselyamov has not been seen since Oct 3 when he left his flat in Simferopol and headed for work.

 25-year-old Crimean Tatar, Edem Asanov, has been found hanged in an abandoned sanatorium in Yevpatoria, a week after he disappeared on Sept 29.

QHA