Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev calls for increase in sanctions against Russia
Crimea will always remain a part of Ukraine says US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
Russia's illegal annexation of Ukraine's Crimea remains on the agenda at the UN with a meeting being held at Security Council headquarters in the Arria format.
Human rights activists and Freedom House president Mark Lagon are in attendance as is Crimean Tatar leader and member of the Ukrainian parliament Mustafa Dzhemilev.
Mustafa Dzhemilev, Crimean Tatar leader: "All our efforts have to be concentrated to free Crimea from occupation. To protect Ukraine's sovereignty. We're not talking about military actions, we need to increase sanctions. And we'll be speaking about this, special sanctions in response to Russia banning the Mejlis."
A Russian court will begin proceedings against the Mejlis, the Crimean Tatar governing body, on April 7. The self-styled prosecutor of the region believes it should be shut down.
Met today w/Crimean activists shining light on terrible human rights abuses in Crimea under Russian occupation. pic.twitter.com/fWsVi8WwOY— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) March 17, 2016
We still recall names of dissidents from Soviet era. Sadly, these names—Sentsov, Kolchenko, Savchenko—help define Russian govt today— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) March 17, 2016
Reminded @UN members today that in Crimea, Tatars & people who dare criticize Russia's occupation face threats, prosecution, abduction— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) March 17, 2016
Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea not 1-time violation of Ukr sovereignty—it is ongoing occupation & must end pic.twitter.com/chYRb2WZna— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) March 17, 2016
Ukrainians living in Italy attend a demonstration to mark the second anniversary of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, in Rome, Italy, on 28 February 2016 (Getty Images)