Illegal settlers in Crimea will be deported after de-occupation: Reintegration Ministry

Crimean Tatars
Canan Sarıtepe
13 July 2021, 14:41
Олексій Резніков. Фото: «Інтерфакс»
Canan Sarıtepe
13 July 2021, 14:41

Those illegally resettled from Russia to Crimea will be deported after the peninsula is de-occupied.

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said this on the air of Ukraine 24 TV channel.

Moscow assimilates and displaces the local population

Indicating that the official policy of the Kremlin is to transfer population Crimea from Russia, Reznikov said that the assimilation and displacement of the local population are ongoing. 

"According to our information, half a million [people were resettled from Russia to Crimea], and this is contrary to international law, the relevant convention – this is a war crime. Therefore, an issue of responsibility will be raised," Reznikov asserted.

Occupiers fake statistics

According to some official statements by the Crimean occupation authorities, the Minister said, from 700 thousand to 1 million people were resettled from Russia to Crimea.

"I do not know why they fake these statistics; it is necessary to check. But to date, with a population of 2.5 million in Crimea before the occupation, at least 500,000 people arrived there without being locals," he said.

They will bear the consequences

The Deputy Prime Minister emphasised that Ukraine has various positions, up to deportation, and there were such calls. 

"I am a supporter of legal procedure called deportation. This is an administrative procedure. If these citizens did not enter Crimea through Chonhar, Kalanchak or Chaplynka entry-exit checkpoints, then they stay in the territory of Ukraine illegally," Reznikov said.

According to him, there will be consequences of such violations, as everywhere in the civilized world – deportation.