Russian occupation authorities systematically relocate Russians from mainland to the occupied Crimea with the specific intention of altering the demographic map of the peninsula, says the President's Permanent Representative for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anton Korynevych. Such behaviour is a war crime under international law, Korynevych said on Wednesday during a discussion on the situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, according to Representative Office's Facebook page. In Crimean schools, they are erasing Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar national identities, including by limiting the use of Crimean Tatar as language of instruction and shutting down schools with the Ukrainian language of instruction. By doing so, the occupation power seeks to destroy the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar national-cultural identities and that of children and youths who see themselves as citizens of Ukraine, Korynevych said. The diplomat added that religious groups also face persecution by occupation authorities. Lawyers also face challenges in Crimea, in particular those defending political prisoners in Russian-controlled courts. In many cases, lawyers are the only source of information on the latest developments in Crimea, and the Russian occupation authorities seek to restrict them in their capacity to act as defense lawyers in political cases.