The Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Eskender Bariiev, in an interview with Apostrophe TV, commenting on the natural disasters in the occupied Crimea, said that there could have been fewer casualties and consequences if the occupants had not started an active process of cutting down trees.
“There were similar problems in Ukrainian times. In fact, the felling of trees has a very strong effect on these processes. And it was the occupiers who began to actively cut down the protected areas. In addition, construction waste began to be disposed of there, the land began to be used for other purposes. We talked about and warned about it”, - explained Bariiev.
The expert emphasized that there could have been fewer casualties and consequences if it had not been for the uncontrolled actions of the occupation authorities to cut down trees, forests and accumulate construction waste in the mountainous area.