Crimean occupation authorities dismantle auto repair outlet for refusal to service van emblazoned with a Z

20 June, 07:23 PM
An occupier goes by the military van with Z symbol on it (illustrative photo) (Photo:REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko)

An occupier goes by the military van with Z symbol on it (illustrative photo) (Photo:REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko)

The puppet regime in Russia-occupied Crimea dismantled an auto repair business based in the Kurman district of the peninsula for its refusal to provide technical services to a Russian military van marked with the letter Z, reported Russian state-owned propaganda agency RIA Novosti on June 19, citing the so-called “head of the Crimean parliament” Vladimir Konstantinov.

Most Russian tanks, armored vehicles, and vans participating in the full-scale invasion of Ukraine have the letter Z marked on them for the purposes of identification.

Allegedly, a Russian “law enforcement” investigation into this particular auto repair shop allegedly proved that its building was constructed in violation of construction norms – and now has to be taken down in 14 days.

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On June 13, Argumenty Nedeli Krym, a local news organization, published a video of a Russian soldier complaining about the refusal to be serviced when his Z-marked military van needed repair. The workers at this repair shop said they “wouldn’t be helping any military [purposes]”, according to this soldier.

That same day, Vilen Seytosmanov, owner of the auto repair service, recorded his own video and said that his company had refused to repair the Russian military van due to the lack of necessary equipment.

Seytosmanov also said that he was pressured on social media for having connections to Ukraine after he had posted a photo with a Ukrainian flag on VK, a Russian social media network that is now banned in Ukraine.

In 2014, Russia introduced its own legislation for Crimea, internationally recognized Ukrainian land that the Russian Federation claims is now a part of Russia’s sovereign territory. According to the Ukrainian constitution and international law, Crimea remains a part of Ukraine.

“No one should go against Russia’s needs,” said Konstantinov, a collaborator who held senior positions in the Crimean administration prior to the Russian invasion in 2014.

“I don’t recommend this to anyone.”

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