Mustafa Dzemilev: Other nationals seek to join the Muslim battalion



Crimea, News

Mustafa Dzemilev, Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, special representative on Crimean issues under the President of Ukraine, declared that Ukraine has decided to create a Muslim battalion under the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“It has been decided to establish a Muslim battalion, which will be subordinated to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, and which will be mainly deployed along the Crimean border in the Kherson Oblast. A fairly large number of Chechens, Ingush, Azerbaijanis, Uzbeks and other nationalities have expressed their desire to serve in this battalion. They wish to do their part and help defend the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” said Dzhemilev in Ankara (Turkey) at the World Congress of Crimean Tatars.

It was reported earlier that representatives of the Crimean Tatars are helping Ukrainian border guards along the administrative border with Crimea.

The World Congress of Crimean Tatars was held in Ankara on August 1-2. The forum could not take place in the Tatar homeland due to the persecution of Crimean Tatar activists by Russian secret services. In addition, the Crimean “government” has denied entry to notable Crimean leaders – Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov. Many members of the Tatar Mejlis (parliament) could not leave Crimea to attend the congress. They were summoned for questioning on February 26.

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014.


Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Krym realii

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  • Jacks Channel

    If this were a game of chess, the creation and deployment of this Muslin Unit on the Crimean border would be a Grandmaster’s move nothing short of pure genius.

    • Dalton

      Without a doubt.

  • Dalton

    I’m impressed with the forward thinking strategy of deterrence.

  • Lev Havryliv

    Great move. Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians have a common cause in fighting the scourge of Putin’s imperialist expansion.

  • Being

    Mustafa is amazing man with Brilliant ideas. I wish you Tatars to have your homeland Free, to live in peace, to have normal day charge and many children. And those western politicians idiots to listen to you.

  • Murf

    A unit such as this will bring unique talents and abilities. They will very spirited fighters.
    When Crimea is returned to it’s rightful owner, the new unit can be a standing National Guard unit. If the Russians return they will not as easy time taking it over.