WASHINGTON (QHA) -

Speaking at the 'Ukraine in Washington 2016' Forum held in Washington, DC, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian MP and Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Jemilev, spoke about the current situation in the annexed Crimea, reads his post on his Facebook page.

"According to information from our 'services', six nuclear warheads have been delivered to the Kyzyltash tract, a nuclear repository in Soviet times. Thus, the repository has now been completely, restored," Jemilev said.

He also noted that the invaders transformed the peninsula into a militarized bridgehead.

"The number of troops, equipment, planes and helicopters has been increased dramatically. The number of Russian Armed Forces are now higher than the number of Black Sea Fleet that was in Ukraine, about four or five times," Jemilev stated.

He also said that Russia "has turned the peninsula into a powerful military base and it is a bad idea to return the Crimea by force. The restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine should be carried out by political and diplomatic means."

In turn, some experts on international issues reported that they find it necessary to provide Ukraine with "lethal weapons", as the conflict has been simmering.

"We have a full-fledged military conflict," said Kurt Volker, Executive Director of the McCain Institute.

Congressman Eliot Engel said he believes that "non-accession" of Ukraine into NATO in 2008 was an error, because "if we had not made such a mistake, Putin's aggression would not be so powerful, as we see it now."

Just a reminder: The Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev stays with a working visit in the United States taking part in celebrations hosing by Washington on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independence of Ukraine.

 

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