“Not a single Crimean Tatar or Ukrainian from Crimea” — Chubarov on list of prisoners for exchange
“Today it is already obvious that those who will be exchanged before the end of 2019, will not include a single citizen of Ukraine permanently residing in the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea and deprived of freedom by Russian occupiers,” said the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov.
According to him, the list detained persons for exchange will not include any of the more than 65 Crimean Tatars imprisoned for political motives, including persons accused in the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case” who received long prison sentences or are still under investigation, as well as ethnic Ukrainians from Crimea Oleh Prikhodko, Mykola Semena and others.
Chubarov noted that the President’s Office had not consulted either with the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people or with relatives of Crimean political prisoners on the search for, possibly, other ways to release Ukrainian citizens illegally deprived of their liberty in the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea.
“It was easier for the negotiators from the Ukrainian side to agree with the arguments of the Russian bandits: “We don’t discuss Crimea, everything that happens there is an internal affair of Russia”, than to toughly defend the freedom of all Ukrainian political prisoners,” he emphasized.
Earlier, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people noted that the communiqué that was signed during the Paris summit in the Normandy format leaves the repressed Crimean Tatars out of exchange. On his Facebook page, Chubarov asked the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and aides of President Volodymyr Zelensky: Who, personally, wrote out such a text?
“Then the final formula will be modelled [for exchange of prisoners – Ed.]. However, as long as the verification of the majority of the exchange participants has not been carried out, it can be assumed that will be possible to exchange a little more than 200 people in total,” the message says.