Ukraine's Foreign Ministry condemned Russian court's illegal decision to convict six Crimean Tatars. They were the suspects in the case of "membership in Hizb Ut-Tahrir", the Islamist organization that is considered a terrorist movement in Russia. This is mentioned in the official statement released by the Foreign Ministry.
The Ukrainian side claimed that the conviction is trumped up.
"(...) the court ignored the absence of evidence and supported the request of the prosecution, sentencing M. Aliev to 19 years [behind the bars], I. Bekirov to 18 years, E.-U. Kuku and V. Siruk to 12 years, R. Alimov to eight years, and A. Dzhepparov to seven years [in prison]. This disgraceful decision has once again confirmed that the Russian occupant administration uses the anti-terrorism legal framework to cover political repressions against the representatives of Crimean Tatar people", reads the message.
Ukraine urges the international community to condemn the court decision and increase the pressure on Russia so as to make it stop any violations of human rights in the occupied Crimea, release all illegally held Ukrainian citizens and restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.