(QHA) -

Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians are the most vulnerable communities in Crimea. Many of them had to leave their houses for safety reasons and because their rights and freedoms were infringed upon.

Ukraine’s envoy Yuriy Sergeyev announced this at the session of the UN Security Council.

“Crimean Tatar leaders see this situation as a third act of genocide against their ethnic group in the past century,” he said.

In turn, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has dubbed as “lies and a rude provocation” assertions that the Crimean Tatars were facing the threat of genocide.

“High positions in all ministries and departments of Crimea have been secured for representatives of the Tatar Crimean population, which never happened before,” Churkin said.

He also reminded Crimean Tatar language was made official in Crimea alongside with Russian and Ukrainian.

Tatar Crimean language was fixed as a third official language, along with Russian and Ukrainian in Crimea”- he pointed out.