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Crimean Tatars Go Suicidal

Mejlis leaders preparing battalions to shed blood on the peninsula


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The idea of peaceful development of the Crimea sticks in the throat of the so-called Mejlis, an NGO claiming to represent the interest of the Crimean Tatars, reports Russian online magazine Svobodnaya Pressa.

Recently one of them - Mustafa Dzhemilev, People's Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada and representative of the Crimean Tatar People designated by Poroshenko,  presented another anti-Russian “project” called the Suicide Battalion.

<figcaption>A 'Suicide Battalion' has apparently been formed</figcaption>
A 'Suicide Battalion' has apparently been formed

This new armed group will include Crimean Tatars from the Kherson region of Ukraine that borders the peninsula. According to Dzhemilev, it will defend the border and  “strengthen the Ukraine’s presence” in the region. The battalion is not intended to put up armed resistance, but to collect information and “deliver it to the attention of the world community”.

It’s worth quoting “the leader of the Crimean Tatars” again:

“If there is bloodshed and ethnic cleansing in the Crimea, this battalion will rescue its compatriots and do whatever it takes. That’s why they call themselves the Suicide Bomber Battalion.”

Earlier Dzhemilev together with his brothers in arms Chubarov and Islyamov had announced the formation of Muslim battalions “Crimea” and ”Asker” (“soldier” in Crimean Tatar). But these formations have thus far been more busy with criminal activities rather than combat training.

Needless to say that the people of the Kherson region are not happy with additional Crimean Tatars on their territory and their blockades (food, energy etc) of the peninsula that disrupt their daily life and business as usual with the Crimea.


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