The Russian-occupied Crimea is close to environmental catastrophe – the result of the activities of the Russian ‘authorities’ there. Akhtem Chyigoz, the deputy leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people said that in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘Russia’s actions will lead to environmental disaster in Crimea. They are devastating Crimea. Once, they convoyed me when driving on the Simferopol-Bakchysarai highway. I drove this way so many times... could not recognize the landscape, it looked strange to me; everything changed so much in Crimea. They cut the forests; they destroy things, making a complete mess. The peninsula turned into a military camp. One huge area used as a military base,’ he said.
Akhtem Chiygoz had been held in the pre-trial detention facility for over 18 months, as he was charged with ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances near the Crimean Parliament’ on February 26, 2014. The local 'authorities' released him and his counterpart Ilmi Umerov in October 2017.