On the air of Radio NV, the Leader of the Crimean Tatar People and MP of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Mustafa Dzhemilev, has said what is currently happening in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory of Crimea.
“There, everyone is being called up and sent to the battle-front. Since the road to the Ukrainian mainland is closed, they are trying to (evade the call-up by going) abroad through Russian cities. Mostly they’re going to Turkey,” said Dzhemilev.
Not everyone manages to avoid forced mobilization, he added. Among those who have sent to war against Ukraine, according to the MP, there are also Crimean Tatars who cannot lay down their arms because of threats of the use of force against their relatives:
“Of the 150 people (taken) from Crimea in Simferopol, there are two Crimean Tatars… They say that (in Russia) their relatives are being held hostage, and if they (surrender, the Russians) may kill or arrest their relatives.”
And it is difficult for civilians to leave the territory of the peninsula, because transport links with Crimea have been almost completely stopped, the People's Deputy said:
“It is difficult to leave Crimea. The railway across the Crimean Bridge does not carry passengers now. The airport is also closed, but somehow people leave. There seems to be a panic that the war could spread to the territory of Crimea too.”
“In general, there is a boom of apartment sales in Crimea. According to our estimates, the (number of) apartments for sale is three to four times higher than usual. Most of them are being sold by those who came to Crimea after the occupation,” the MP said.
Earlier, the Office of Representative of President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported that there was a forced mobilization on the peninsula. The report stated that military age males are trying to leave the peninsula through Russia.
At the same time, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine warned that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was preparing to close off all ways of leaving Russian-occupied Crimea.
In the third week of Russia's war against Ukraine, the chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov, also said there was a forced mobilization happening on the peninsula, and that the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in mainland Ukraine were being “disposed of” there.