US calls on Russia to stop harassment of Crimean Tatars

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has shaken the very foundations of security and stability in Europe, and is antithetical to a vision of Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.

This was announced by the Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Kate Byrnes, Censor.NET reports.

"Russian occupation authorities in Crimea launched another wave of raids and searches of the homes of Crimean Tatars. On May 8, as members of the security forces searched the home of Ilver Ametov, head of the Sudak Regional Mejlis, they reportedly brutally beat and carried off his son, whose location remains unknown.

"Another Tatar, Yusuf Toroz, also arrested on May 8, has apparently been transported out of Crimea into Russia. We call on Russia to end its campaign of violence and harassment of Crimean Tatars and others who oppose Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea," Brynes said.

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The United States reaffirmed its staunch support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders.

"We do not, and will not, accept Russia's efforts to change the borders of Ukraine. We join our European partners in affirming that our sanctions on Russia will remain until it fully implements the Minsk agreements, and Crimea-related sanctions will remain until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine," the official added.

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