Russia will continue to increase the pressure and repression against the Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the annexed Crimea, according to the opinion of a political analyst, founder and ideologist of the project Free Crimea Taras Berezovets.
He stated that despite the fact that the number of mass kidnappings and killings in the peninsula has reduced if compared to 2014, the number of arrests and fines has disproportionately increased.
“We know the fate of a Ukrainian patriot Vladimir Baluh who hung the flag at home, where later the FSB planted ammunition and explosives, accused him of terrorism and put in jail. Russia continues to stifle every uncontrolled thing, but as this machine of violence was launched, it will grab everyone, even those who did not do anything, just as a preventive measure,” Berezovets said.
According to him, the Russian Federation is looking for a pretext for the outbreak of hostilities, which may engage further provocations.
Berezovets stated that this practice had already been used in the Russian territory during 1999, when President Vladimir Putin came to power, some houses were blown up, killing hundreds of civilians.
“I do not rule out that Russia may switch to terrorism on the territory of Crimea, destroy the civilian population, blow something up and blame Ukraine. At the moment, they frighten with the alleged Ukrainian saboteurs, but they may begin to destroy objects or kill civilians, saying these are actions of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance forces,” the analyst believes.
He also said that the occupiers have created a 40000 offensive army in Crimea, which increases the possibility of aggressive actions on the part of the Russian Federation.
Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014, calling the falsified referendum on March 16, "the will of the Crimean people on joining the Russian Federation." Most of the world did not recognize the Russian Crimea, and imposed a number of economic sanctions. For Ukraine, the Crimea remains a temporarily occupied territory. Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has officially announced February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of the Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. October 7, 2015 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a corresponding law.