KYIV (QHA) -

Many Ukrainians in the occupied Crimea prefer to call themselves Russians because of fear for life and property, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev stated on July 10 at a press conference, the correspondent of QHA reports.

“According to statistics, which was before the occupation, the number of Crimean Tatars was 280 thousand. It was somewhere around 13.5% of the population of the peninsula. When the invaders came, they conducted their census six months later. According to that census, it turned out that the number of Crimean Tatars was already not 13.5%, but 10.5%. There was official statistics that ethnic Ukrainians before the occupation on the peninsula accounted for 24.5%, and according to the new census, it turned out that only 15.5% are Ukrainians.”

According to Dzhemilev, if these figures are translated into absolute figures, it turns out that the Crimean Tatars decreased in number by 40 thousand people, and ethnic Ukrainians - by 250 thousand.

“In fact, this did not happen. The statistics of the invaders cannot be taken into account, because many Crimean Tatars did not answer this question at all. As for ethnic Ukrainians, of course, there was no such outflow. Most likely, there was the same phenomenon here as after the Holodomor of 1932-33. People began to call themselves Russians, because they knew that two years ago they were destroyed only because they are Ukrainians. Something like this has happened in the Crimea.”

Earlier the coordinator of the group "Information Resistance" Dmitry Tymchuk stated that the opening of the Kerch bridge led to the fact that the Crimea residents massively rushed to the Kuban, RF. That is, the bridge was built in order to get out of the annexed Crimea.

QHA