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 11 people died, 16 went missing during Crimea's occupation, - Mejlis

After the Russian Federation occupied Crimea in 2014, 16 people have gone missing and 11 more are presumed to be dead.

This was announced by representative of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and the Committee on the Protection of Rights of the Crimean Tatar people Eskander Bariiev, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"The total number of those killed is 11 people. 16 more, according to our information, are missing," Bariiev said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

According to him, those missing and killed include people whose work had to do with the Crimean Tatar movement, the civil initiative "The Ukrainian National Home of Crimea," as well as Automaidan and Euromaidan activists.

Read more: Putin strips occupied Crimea of its status of Russian Federation's federal district

Ukrainian president's envoy for the Crimean Tatar people, Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, in turn, noted occupants are trying to spread fear in Crimea.

"They kidnap the most talented and courageous people, but not necessarily activists. They are trying to create an atmosphere of fear," Dzhemilev said at a briefing.

Read more: 15 Crimean Tatars disappeared during Crimea's occupation, security forces suspected of kidnapping, - Mejlis Deputy Chairman Dzhelialov
 
 
 
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