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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to cease harassment and intimidation in Crimea
16:23, 22 February 2017
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls on Russia to cease harassment and intimidation in Crimea

Ministry attributed increased repression in the occupied Crimea with the day of occupation resistance

16:23, 22 February 2017

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine connects another wave of repression in the occupied Crimea with the Day of Russian occupation resistance. This was announced by the Speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Mariana Betsa, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"It is obvious that the occupant enhances political persecution before February 26 – the day of resistance in Crimea", said Betsa.

Also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the Russian Federation to immediately stop the repression in the occupied peninsula.

Related: Ukraine investigates disappearance of 15 people in Crimea after its annexation

"We urge the Russian side to immediately stop all repression, intimidation and violations of rights and freedoms in the occupied peninsula and to respect international law. We demand the release of all of our citizens who are illegally held in the occupied Crimea", said the Speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

According to Mariana Betsa, the Russian Federation has once again demonstrated disregard to human rights and freedoms, international law and UN General Assembly resolution, which was adopted in December 2016.

Related: More than two dozen Tatar arrested in annexed Crimea

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