More than 200 children left fatherless due to Russian occupation in Crimea: Ukrainian Ombudsperson’s Office

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
23 June 2021, 14:16
Canan Kevser
23 June 2021, 14:16

Due to the Russian occupation, more than 200 children are forced to grow up without their fathers in Crimea, according to Ukrainian Ombudsperson’s Office.

Representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission stated this during a meeting attended by Iryna Verihina, the Ombudsperson’s representative for the rights of the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Fevzi Karakash, the regional representative in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and Kherson Team Leader of the SMM OSCE to Ukraine Rafał Jarmużek.

"Representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission have been informed that more than 200 children have been left without parental care as a result of the temporary occupation of the peninsula. Most parents of these children were convicted on political grounds and now serve their sentences in places of detention in Russia, while others are in pre-trial detention centers," reads the statement published by Ombudsperson’s Office.

The report indicates that the persecution of citizens on religious grounds, including Crimean Tatars, Jehovah's Witnesses, believers of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Greek Catholic Church, etc. continues in Crimea.

Ombudsperson’s representative asserted that Russian occupation authorities limit Ukrainian citizens from receiving a vaccine recognized and certified by the World Health Organization.

"In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the occupier limited the possibility of receiving a vaccine recognized and certified by the World Health Organization, in connection with which its actions can be regarded as an international war crime. In the territory of the peninsula, the aggressor state provides the opportunity to be vaccinated exclusively by Sputnik V. Ukraine, for its part, has taken measures to provide Crimean residents with certified vaccines on the mainland," Iryna Verihina said.

The participants also discussed several other issues including the oppression of the rights and freedoms of the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by the occupying power, restrictions on the right to move through Ukraine, forced passportization of the population, militarization of the temporarily occupied peninsula and illegal conscription to the occupying armed forces.