Jemilev: No military solution to de-occupation of Crimea

The Mejlis members began to discuss the creation of Crimean Tatar military units as part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) after occupants started to draft the Crimean Tatars into the Russian army.

5 May 2016 12:28

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev spoke about the prospects of the proposed creation of a new division of the Crimean Tatars as part of the AFU, ONLINE.UA reports.

“This battalion is not intended for an attack and military liberation of Crimea, because, we do not see a military way of de-occupation. However, young people enrolling into this battalion say they will certainly enter Crimea, whatever it takes, if a bloody ethnic cleansing begins there,” Jemilev said, noting this is why a radical context has been entrenched in the press for not yet established battalion. 

He also noted that the idea of creating a separate division has arisen due to the religious features of Crimean Tatars not eating pork and not drinking alcohol. However, it does not mean the national closure of the battalion. Everyone who accepts these conditions may serve in the unit.

Mustafa Jemilev also said that dozens of Ukrainians expressed their willingness to serve in the battalion.

On March 28, the Crimean Tatar battalion "Asker" began joint patrols with the State Border Service of Ukraine at the checkpoints near the administrative border with the occupied Crimea. However, the question of creating a paramilitary unit as part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is increasingly being raised.

According to Lenur Islyamov, Coordinator of the civil blockade of Crimea, the main goal of the battalion is to arouse the patriotic spirit of the indigenous people of Crimea and liberate the peninsula from the invaders.