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Crimea Tatars seek to block peninsula to protest Russian annexation

Activists block a road near to the border crossing point of Chonhar, linking mainland Ukraine to Crimea, on September 20, 2015Hundreds of pro-Kiev activists from Crimea’s Tatar community on Sunday launched a blockade of roads from Ukraine to the Crimean peninsula to protest Russia’s seizure of their home region. Accompanied by members of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Pravy Sektor group, protesters from the Muslim Tatar community used concrete blocks to partially seal off the three roads linking mainland Ukraine to Crimea in an attempt to halt the delivery of goods. “Our goal is to end the occupation of Crimea and to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Refat Chubarov, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar community, told journalists.

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