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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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.
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.