Crimean Tatars seek asylum in Poland

A Crimean Tatar prays in a mosque on Wednesday in Simferopol, Crimea.

The refugees are understood to have come from Yevpatoria in western Crimea, and they are the largest group of Ukrainian citizens to have requested asylum in Poland this year.

Poland’s centuries-old community of Tatars published a resolution earlier this week concerning Russia’s bid to annex Crimea.

“We, Polish Tatars and Muslims support the Crimean Tatars’ inalienable right to a dignified life in their native land,” they proclaimed a statement released under the auspices of Muslim Religious Association of Poland.

“We express our strong opposition to Russia’s imperial actions, which violate all human rights and international law.”

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