Local population’s resistance in Crimea grows – intelligence

August 2,2023 3657
Local population’s resistance in Crimea grows – intelligence

Opposition to the Russian occupiers on the part of the pro-Ukrainian civilian population is growing in the temporarily occupied Crimea, Defence Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine reported.

“In particular, attacks on military facilities using ‘Molotov cocktails’ (bottles with a flammable mixture) have become systematic,” the intelligence adds.

The organizers and perpetrators of most attacks are civilians who support Ukraine. Russian troops were put on alert to resist. In addition, the occupiers monitor “suspicious persons” who may be involved in “incidents.” The invaders are allowed to use physical force, weapons, and mass detentions and arrests.

“Some citizens who refused to obtain russian citizenship are considered “missing persons” after their arrests. Administrative punishments, large fines, and harassment are applied to those who remain free. People are dismissed from work, deprived of property and business,” Ukraine’s intelligence states. 

A significant part of the detainees are representatives of the Crimean Tatar people. In particular, Nariman Dzhelal, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People; Tymur Ibrahimov, journalist and a member of the ‘Crimean Solidarity’ public association; and Rustem Seitmemetov, a public figure.

It was earlier reported that Crimean Tatars in the temporarily occupied Crimea form an armed resistance movement to help the Ukrainian military, particularly the Atesh military partisan movement.

Cover: Zhovta strichka (“The Yellow Ribbon”) resistance movement in the occupied territories of Ukraine