SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Investigation of the issue of disappearance of Crimean Tatars in Crimea is underway.

Crimean head Sergey Aksyonov announced this during a working meeting with the contact group, created to investigate the issues of missing of people in Crimea.

Aksyonov assured that Crimean authorities assist with the investigation, saying the issue is “a point of honor”.

“The stuff of the ferry crossing is being questioned. Minister of Transport of Crimea was ordered to assist with the investigation, correcting the facts, which may help the inquiry”- Aksyonov said.

At least 5 Crimean Tatars have been abducted or have disappeared in recent months in Crimea.

23-year-old Eskender Apselamov was kidnapped on the night of October 3rd as he was on his way to work in the Crimea capital Simferopol. He has not been heard of since.

Two Crimean Tatars Islam Dzhepparov, 19, and Dzhevdet Islamov, 23, from the city of Belogorsk were seized on September 27 by a group of unknown men in military uniform.

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

In March, Crimean Tatar activist Reshat Ametov was also seized by unknown men and was later found dead.

QHA