On February 17, the occupying authorities in Crimea conducted searches in the households of Crimean Tatars in Bilohirsk, Bakhchysarai, Simferopol, Sevastopol and Sovetsky districts.

The first reports of illegal actions of security forces on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimean Peninsula began to arrive at 4 am.

Crimean solidarity reports that searches were carried out in the households of the following activists:

  • Eiupov Azamat
  • Ibrahimov Ernest
  • Makhamadamynov Abdulborii
  • Seidametov Lenur
  • Fedorov Oleh 
  • Shykhametov Yashar 
  • Yalkabov Timur 

Among those detained are Azmat Eyupov, a protester on Red Square in Moscow, as well as Ernest Ibragimov, an activist of the Crimean childhood initiative.

 The Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea condemns the regular actions of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, aimed at persecuting citizens solely for their political position or the religion they profess. Russia is once again committing a war crime, and the real goal of the occupier is to destroy any manifestations of resistance and solidarity in Crimea. The mission’s team records every case of illegal political persecution carried out by the occupation administrations and transmits information to law enforcement agencies, as well as uses it in work at the national and international levels.