The Kremlin leadership continues to increase its military force in the occupied Crimea, expanding military bases and restoring the old Soviet infrastructure. This was stated on Thursday at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, the U.S. representative to the Organization, Ambassador Daniel Baier, reports «UKRINFORM».
«Once again we draw the attention of the Permanent Council on the occupation and attempt of annexation of the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea. Russia increases its military presence in the region, restoring Ukrainian and Soviet infrastructure such as radar «Dnepr», expanding the base and putting more military on the Ukrainian land», — said the representative of the United States.
He noted that this is an external build-up of troops on the Ukrainian Peninsula, «which occurs without the consent of Ukraine, in violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.»
The US representative also expressed deep concern about new cases of human rights violations in the Crimea.
«This week, six Crimean Tatars were sent to forced psychiatric examination because of the protests of the Russian occupation,» said Bayer.
In addition, he recalled that 19 the Crimean Tatars, were charged with membership in the Islamic organization «Hizb-ut-Tahrir», which is recognized as legitimate in Ukraine, but banned in Russia.
«When in August, Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov applied this disturbing practice, this offensive wilful act recalled the practice of the Soviet era. We urge Russia to cease its practice of punitive psychiatry,» — said the representative of the United States.
He reiterated associated with the Crimea, sanctions against Russia stay in effect until it ceases its occupation of the Peninsula.
Note, the number of political prisoners in Russia for the year increased more than twice. This was announced by Russian human rights centre «memorial». Human rights activists say that a year ago, the list of political prisoners consisted of 50 people, today, in both list includes a total of 102 people. In the first list were accused in the case of Hizb ut-Tahrir and Crimean Tatars.
The US reported to the OSCE about the capacity of the Russian military in Crimea 11.11.2016