Ukraine plans to ask the European Union to impose new sanctions against the Russian Federation for human rights violations in the occupied Crimea. This was stated during a briefing by Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
"Last year, I called on the EU to impose a sanctions mechanism in response to human rights violations in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. We will consistently insist that new sanctions be imposed over such human rights violations. So soon, perhaps even today, I will sign these documents. We will appeal to the European Union again," Kuleba said.
The minister noted that the latest wave of Russian reprisals against Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea will be discussed at the UN General Assembly meeting on February 23, and on February 18 the Foreign Ministry began preparations for communication with the European Union on the issue.
On February 17, Russia's FSB conducted searches in the dwellings of Crimean Tatars. At least six people were detained abnd taken to the local department of the FSB. These people are charged with membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Islamist organization that is banned in Russia as "extremist".
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry protested against Russia's actions in the occupied Crimea and claimed that Kyiv is about to bring up this issue in the UN.
According to Ukrainian ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova, there is also information about detained activists of "Crimean Solidarity" organization, and those working for the initiative for children of political prisoners called "Crimean childhood". Denisova calls the persecution of Crimean Tatars in annexed Crimea religiously motivated. The representative office of the President of Ukraine in the region views these events as "political persecution."