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ISW: russia Continues Attempts to Artificially Alter the Demographic Composition of Occupied Ukraine

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The mass resettlement of russians to Crimea and the deportation of Ukrainians from there is a war crime / Foto credit: Viktor Drachev/AFP
The mass resettlement of russians to Crimea and the deportation of Ukrainians from there is a war crime / Foto credit: Viktor Drachev/AFP

Since 2014, russians have committed an extraordinary number of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other gross violations of human rights on the territory of Ukraine. One of such crimes is the change in the demographic composition of the population in the occupied territories of Ukraine

The current russian policy of altering the demographic composition of the population in the occupied Ukrainian territories is a direct continuation of the policy implemented since 2014.

This is reported by ISW with reference to the Ukrainian Helsinki Union on Human Rights.

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When soldiers without insignia on their green uniforms seized control of Crimea in 2014, top russian officials including President putin repeatedly denied that they were russian / Open source illustrative photo

The Ukrainian Helsinki Union on Human Rights – a union composed of 26 human rights-focused nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) – reported on December 6 that russian authorities have resettled up to 800,000 russian citizens in occupied Crimea and forced around 100,000 Ukrainian citizens to leave Crimea since 2014.

The Union reported that russian authorities relied on policies such as preferential mortgage lending, relocation of russian officials and their families, expulsion of Ukrainian citizens to mainland Ukraine, and ”encouragement” of Ukrainian citizens to move to russia to free up residences in Crimea and encourage russian citizens to resettle.

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Crimea is Ukraine / Open source illustrative photo

The Union reported that russian occupation authorities in other areas are implementing similar repopulation efforts.

The Ukrainian Helsinki Union on Human Rights reported that russian authorities are currently struggling to encourage russians to resettle in occupied Crimea due to the high intensity of hostilities near Crimea, however.

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Earlier it was known that russians were maneuvering as well as relocating electronic warfare systems closer to military facilities to protect them from Ukrainian strikes.

Defense Express reported about a place where russians had hidden military ships discovered in occupied Crimea.

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