Attempts to regain Crimea may turn it into desert, Crimean Tatars leader Dzhemilev says

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The belligerent solution to Crimea occupation would entail ethnic cleansing and make it uninhabitable.

As reported by Censor.NET, this opinion was voiced by Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) faction MP Mustafa Dzhemilev on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"We very much hope that the sanctions against the occupier continue being strengthened which will force it to leave the occupied territories. The other solution, the belligerent one, seems futureless to us so far. It would entail ethnic cleansing. And if military operations unfold there, Crimea might become an uninhabitable peninsula," Dzhemilev said.

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According to him, the human rights situation in occupied Crimea is getting worse as a climate of terror reigns there. Many Crimean Tatars want to leave the peninsula. "We hardly keep the people from leaving Crimea because this is the invader's strategy to make Crimean Tatars leave Crimea. This applies not only to the Crimean Tatars, but also to the people sharing pro-Ukrainian views," Dzhemilev said.

He also noted that the pressure exerted on the Crimean Tatars was the heaviest due to the fact that almost all Crimean Tatar people said that they would not accept the occupation.

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Earlier, The Russian security forces raided the house of Crimean Tatar Marlen Mustafaiev in Simferopol's Kamenka neighborhood in occupied Crimea on the morning of Feb. 21. They later detained Mustafaiev and took to an undisclosed location about 10 Crimean Tatars who came to support him. These 10 Crimean Tatar activists were sentenced to five days of administrative detention while Marlen Mustafaiev got 11 days of administrative detention for the post in social media he made back in 2014.