rights activists in Crimea say Russia's mobilization campaign on the occupied
peninsula disproportionately targets Crimean Tatars, an ethnic group that has
largely opposed Russian rule since the annexation of the territory in 2014.
This is how the article of the British publication The Guardian begins, which tells about the illegal mobilization of Crimean Tatars on the occupied Ukrainian peninsula.
"Everywhere, in every city, I hear that the majority of those mobilized are Crimean Tatars, and we know that they are particularly targeting settlements with a predominantly Crimean Tatar population", an activist, which still lives on the peninsula, told The Guardian in a telephone interview.
“It will be a disaster for us, which will take years to heal," he added.
Crimean Tatars, mostly Muslims, make up about 13% of the population of Crimea. There is no official breakdown of who was mobilized, but large unconfirmed evidence suggests that Crimean Tatars were subjected to indiscriminate attacks. Crimea SOS, a Ukrainian human rights organization, estimated that 90% of mobilization summonses were sent to Crimean Tatars.
"This is a deliberate attempt to destroy the Crimean Tatar nation," President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said during his late-night video address on Saturday.
Tamila Tasheva, Zelensky's chief representative in Crimea, also said she believed Russia had deliberately targeted the ethnic group.
"Crimean Tatars are the least loyal segment of the population to Russia, and it was clear that they were inspired by Ukraine's recent military successes. Now they are being punished," she said.