World Bulletin / News Desk
The president of the National Parliament of Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov, has said that his people are ready to stand against separatists movements in Ukraine.
Speaking to Zerkalo Nedali newspaper, Chubarov said that Crimean Tatars had no intention of separating Crimea from the mainland, and warned that those seeking to spread separatist sentiments would be at odds with the Crimean Tatars.
Crimean Tatars are an ethnic Turkic peoples who are native of the Crimea peninsula in the Black Sea coast of southern Ukraine.
Ukraine has been facing a political crisis since November 2013 after the Ukrainian government back away from an economic deal with the EU after Russian pressure.
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