Crimean Tatars, included in the list for the possible future prisoners’ exchange, may refuse to participate in it if they will be swapped for ‘bandits’ as Hromadske radio reported citing leader of Crimean Tatar people, MP Mustafa Dzhemilev.
“We have got the list from the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) for confirmation. And soon, they plan to exchange people at all costs. But we defined the priorities for ourselves: people with the longest terms should be exchanged, for example, 17-18 years and due to the state of health. The lists are ready but Russia does not hold talk about it,” he said.
Dzhemilev stated that the Russians are strongly against the release of Crimean Tatars.
“We have quite idea people there. If they know that they are exchanged for bandits, they may refuse from it. With the help of Erdogan, we have released Akhtem Chyigoz and Ilmi Umerov. Erdogan told us that he asked Putin to release them and later it turned out that Turkey was forced to turn over two terrorists who killed Chechen dissidents in the territory of Turkey. They are professional killers, GRU officers. And Umerov and Chyigoz said: “If we knew at what cost it took place, we would not be released”. That is why some unpleasant issues may appear for the Ukrainian authority if people will come and say: “Why have you released us?,” Dzhemilev said.
Earlier, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine is now putting effort so that the next round of prisoners exchange would take place this month.