Defence Ministry refutes rumours about Umerov's children with US citizenship
The assertion that “Three children of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Umerov have become US citizens” is false. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine clarifies that the information disseminated in various media outlets and Telegram channels that family members of Defense Minister Rustem Umerov are allegedly US citizens is not true.
The Minister’s children, a son aged 10, and daughters aged 8 and 2, hold Ukrainian citizenship only. None of the members of Umerov’s family has any other citizenship.
Umerov’s children were issued Ukrainian passports at the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States, a procedural step following the expiration of their previous documents. Consequently, the declaration cited by the media indicated the United States as the place of issuance.
In 2016, the family of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine was forced to move abroad due to threats and assassination attempts prompted by Rustem Umerov’s commitment to the cause of de-occupying temporarily occupied Crimea.
Since 2014, Rustem Umerov, as a delegate of the Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, has collaborated with the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and Mejlis representatives, consistently raising awareness about human rights violations in occupied Crimea on various international platforms. Furthermore, Umerov actively participates in the process of advocating for the release of political prisoners in Crimea.