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Human rights activists: About 10 thousands Crimean Tatars left the Crimea
Human rights activists say that 10 out of 300 thousand Crimean Tatars have been forced to leave the Crimea, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Abmedjit Suleimanov stated at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday, Interfax-Ukraine reports
"Repressions against the Crimean Tatar people started straight after Russia's emergence in the Crimea ... Repressions against Tatars, who took a pro-Ukrainian stance, have not stopped since March 2014. Repressions are normally conducted in the form of kidnappings, murders of activists, mass searches, fines and arrests for participation in protest actions," he said.
According to Suleimanov, activists are banned from entering the Crimea, and the work of Crimean Tatar media and public institutions is blocked.
He noted that latest arrests were carried out in February for participation in a protest action, which was held a year ago.
"Because of these repressions 10 out of 300 thousand populations had to leave the territory of the Crimea and are now living on mainland Ukraine," Suleimanov said.
In addition, the leader of the Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Djemilev, has also been banned from entering the Crimea until 2019.
General Staff: 1 service member wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours
No deaths were reported in the ATO area in the past 24 hours, and 1 soldier was wounded, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Wednesday.
Rebels regrouping along the front line and pulling in troops near Mariupol and Bryanka
Rebels continue to regroup their forces, especially actively in the Mariupol, Donetsk, and Bryanka-Stakhanov directions, Lugansk region, and the head of the Information Resistance Group, MP Dmytro Tymchuk, posted in Facebook on February 25.
In particular, Russian and terrorist forces continue to mass troops and equipment in the Mariupol direction near the settlements of Oktyabr, Zaichenko, Bezimenne.
"These forces and equipment have partly been moved there from the north section of Telmanove and partly they have arrived from the RF," Tymchuk said.
In addition, the so-called mechanized brigade "Ghost" was seen moving from Debaltseve to Stakhanov and Pervomaysk.
The enemy concentrates forces in areas adjacent to the Bakhmutka highway.
Rebels attempting to go on the offensive: Pisky, Maryinka, Avdiivka, and Opytne
Rebels are trying to move forward in the areas of Maryinka, Pisky, Opytne and Avdiyivka, Donetsk region, the head of the Information Resistance Group, Dmytro Tymchuk, posted in Facebook on the morning of February 25.
Even though the intensity and number of rebel attacks has decreased, Russian and terrorist forces continue to violate the ceasefire agreements by shelling positions of Ukrainian forces and civilian objects in some areas, he wrote.
"In addition, terrorists are intensifying attack efforts in a number of areas," Tymchuk said.
In the Maryinka-Avdiivka section, separatists continue to shell and are trying to attack our positions near the settlements of Maryinka, Pisky, Opytne, and Avdiivka.
"Rebel forces deployed in these areas use mortars and machine-guns; army positions are also occasionally bombarded with barrel artillery," Tymchuk says.
In the Mariupol direction, main assaults appear to happen near Shyrokine. Rebels are also active in the Pavlopol direction.
Rebels fired upon Popasna at night. 15 shell strikes in the past 24 hours
The intensity of rebel shell strikes on army positions and inhabitant settlements has been remaining low for the second day in a row, the ATO press-centre reports.
No attacks were registered in the Mariupol, Lugansk, Donetsk directions overnight.
However, several inhabited settlement were still attacked.
Rebels fired upon the settlement of Popasna, which is situated close to Donetsk, with mortars once at about 23.00, and twice after midnight.
In total, gunmen fired 15 times within the past 24 hours with artillery and mortars and 4 times with machine-guns and grenade launchers.
In addition, ATO forces repelled yet another enemy attack near Shyrokine at 5 o'clock p.m. ", the headquarters informed.