The number of people imprisoned by the Russian authorities for political reasons in the occupied territories of Ukraine has approached 120. Ukrainian MP, co-chairman of the group for interparliamentary relations with the Republic of Turkey Rustem Umerov stated this in an interview with AA.
"The occupation of Crimea and eastern Ukraine has been going on for 6 years. The number of political prisoners has approached 120 and the number of fatherless children has reached 200. I do not think it is going to end. It continues as a psychological attack on our families, our elderly and our children," he said.
The politician also reminded that Ukraine had appealed to Turkey to accelerate the release of political prisoners.
As we reported earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on the international community to pay special attention to the massive and systematic repressions that have been taking place in the Ukrainian territories, occupied by Russia for the sixth consecutive year.
“For the recent sixth year, human rights of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar national communities have been massively violated in Crimea. Murders, kidnappings of activists, fabricated trials, illegal detentions, unjustified arrests, searches, intimidation. Currently, more than a hundred Ukrainian citizens are detained for political reasons in Russia and the occupied Crimea, most of them Crimean Tatars. The situation in the occupied areas of Donbas is even worse. Executions and killings of Ukrainian prisoners of war and local patriots, kidnappings, torture, and humiliation have become commonplace here," the statement said.