Russian troops have sealed off the village of Novopavlovka located in the Bakhchysarai region, Eskander Bariev, Coordinator with the Human Rights Committee of Crimean Tatars, reported, citing eyewitnesses.

According to the eyewitness reports, around one thousand servicemen have been deployed in the operation. The military, spotted in large numbers at the stadium, are inspecting vehicles and searching the villagers’ houses.

A lot of heavy armor, such as APCs and tanks, has been deployed near the village of Trudoliubivka.

The operation, which has gone into its third day, has had the locals scared. Its objectives are unclear ranging from an ordinary drill to a search for some unidentified individuals, Bariev noted.