There are nuclear weapons in the occupied peninsula, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people said Tuesday during the debate on the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation at the European Parliament.

“According to our data, they even brought nuclear weapons to the peninsula. The information services of the Mejlis report six nuclear warheads,” Jemilev said.

He went on to say that the occupied Crimea is now "turned into a military base."

“According to our counter-intelligence, there are about 70,000 military personnel, including the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the police,” he noted.

The Commissioner of Ukrainian President on the Crimean Tatar Affairs believes that it is impossible to resolve the situation in Crimea by military means. He considers the introduction of tough sanctions against Russia one of the main ways of the preferred diplomatic solution to the problem. 

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people and Ukrainian MP stressed that now the occupied Crimea returned back in the days of the Soviet Union.

“Occupants have eliminated all democratic freedoms; the established regime is similar to the Soviet one. People live in fear; denunciations are thriving. There is a special treatment with regard to the Crimean Tatars, since they clearly said they did not accept the occupation,” Jemilev said.

The Ukrainian MP is sure that about 95% of the repression is directed against the Crimean Tatars. Jemilev stressed that there is no doubt that the punitive bodies of the Russian Federation are involved in repression and the disappearances of the Crimean Tatars.

At a conference in Warsaw Zachęta museum, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev said that there are more cases of intimidation, arrests, revisions, as well as the abduction and disappearance of people in Crimea. Hence, many Tatars are forced to leave their homeland.