Crimea residents should prepare for war – Mejlis head

August 7,2023 893
Crimea residents should prepare for war – Mejlis head

The residents of Russian-occupied Crimea should prepare for war. The Armed Forces of Ukraine can liberate it in different ways, said Refat Chubarov, Chairperson of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, after another series of explosions on the peninsula’s territory.

“All these [explosions] convince people that the liberation of Crimea should be expected. They all [the peninsula’s population] realize that Crimea is already a front-line territory. We talk about this and call on them to prepare for various options for the liberation of Crimea, in particular, to prepare in advance the means to guarantee their safety, that of their relatives,” Chubarov said.

Currently, the number of people coming to Crimea has decreased significantly, and no people are willing to buy real estate or invest in construction on the peninsula territory, the Chairman of the Mejlis adds. Instead, more and more residents are looking to sell real estate.

“The occupation authorities are trying to hide everything. Everything that happens in connection with explosions, strikes, etc. But technology and equipment are modern now. If they somehow manage to slow down the information for a day or two, then satellite photos appear,” Chubarov concluded.

Residents of Crimea have been hearing explosions almost every day for the past two weeks in a row, the KrymSOS [“CrimeaSOS”] non-governmental organization confirms.

“At least 19 days have passed in Crimea with the sounds of explosions since the beginning of the summer of 2023, and since July 17, this has been happening almost every day. In the last two weeks, only two days have passed without hits or “air defense work” on the occupied peninsula,” the NGO said in a statement.

At the same time, Ukraine’s intelligence said that opposition to the Russian occupiers on the part of the pro-Ukrainian civilian population of Crimea is growing. In particular, attacks on military facilities using ‘Molotov cocktails’ (bottles with an explosive mixture) have become systematic. Apart from that, Crimean Tatars in the temporarily occupied Crimea are forming an armed resistance movement to help the Ukrainian military, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar national movement, Mustafa Dzhemilev, said.


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