Crimea's population growth has amounted to 1 million people due to illegal migration from Russia since the occupation, says an expert.
Andrii Klymenko, Head of the Monitoring Group of the Institute for Black Sea Strategic Studies wrote this on social media.
"Instead of the pre-war permanent population of the Crimean peninsula of 2,350,504 people, we are currently dealing with a de facto population of at least 3,100,000 people," Klymenko noted.
According to him, during the years of occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, the existing population of the peninsula has grown by at least 1 million people due to migration from the Russian Federation.
Russian colonialists in occupied Crimea will make up the vast majority population in few years
Klymenko said that already more than 1 million "colonizers" account for 2 million "pre-war" Crimeans, remaining out of almost 2.4 million people. According to the expert, the "colonizers" will make up the vast majority of the population in the occupied Crimea in a few years.
"This is the policy of the Russian Federation. "Migration weapons" and socio-cultural alteration of the population in the process of colonization of new territories by the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union have a long history. Modern Russia uses these patterns from historical experience," he explained.
As noted, in accordance with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the transfer by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies is a war crime.