Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Ukraine warns UN about danger of potential Russian nuclear militarization of Crimea

Nuclear militarization of Crimea is a threat to the world's peace - Ukraine's UN envoy 
The militarization of Crimea with nuclear weapons is a threat to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations said at the UN Security Council Meeting on February 15.

"Ukraine is alarmed by the unprecedented build-up of weaponry in the occupied Crimea. Russia has deployed more than 23 thousand soldiers, hundreds of battle tanks, armored vehicles, combat aircraft and helicopters, dozens of seacoast defense systems in Crimea. The deployment of potentially nuclear-capable combat aircraft and military ships is especially dangerous, as well as Russia's intention to convert some Crimean Soviet infrastructure facilities to nuclear weapons storages," Yelchenko said.

He also spoke about the human rights violations, including kidnapping, torture and murder, committed in the region.

According to Yelchenko, the most vulnerable population of Crimea is the Crimean Tatars and those Ukrainians, who openly support Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Ukraine's envoy urged the UN Security Council to open offices of international human rights organizations in Crimea and to send peacekeeping forces to the conflict areas of the eastern Ukraine.

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