By setting up a paramilitary unit staffed with Crimean Tatars, the Russian Federation is planning to prevent them from resisting to the occupation of Crimea, QHA cites Refat Chubarov, Mejlis Chairman and Ukrainian MP, as saying at a news conference held on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of deportation of the Crimean Tatars.

“To fool the parents, who do not want their children to be called up for compulsory military service, the authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea are trying to set up ​​a Crimean Tatar paramilitary unit,” Chubarov said.

According to Chubarov, a talk about the need for a ‘Crimean Tatar battalion’, which will be part of Ukraine’s National Guard, has been going on in Ukraine for over a year now.

“This battalion, to be made up of not only Crimean Tatars but all young men unwilling to serve in the Russian army, will be tasked with liberation of Ukraine and Crimea,” he said.

Just a reminder: after a rigged referendum of March 16, Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014. Most of the world did not recognize Russia’s jurisdiction over Crimea, while to Ukraine Crimea remains a temporarily occupied territory.