President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky turned to fellow citizens on the occasion of the Day of Memory of Victims of the 1944 Crimean Tatar genocide. The message appeared on the Telegram channel of the President's Office.
"We believe that the day will come when Crimea returns to Ukraine. Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians will get home and gather at the same table, so as to say: Bizim ve siziñ azatlığıñız içün! For your and our freedom!" he said.
On the early hours of May 18, a thematic illumination appeared on the President's Office, symbolizing the solidarity of Ukrainians with the Crimean Tatars on the memorable day in the history of Ukraine and the Crimean Tatar people.
May 18, 1944, is known as Surgunlik or the day of deportation of Crimean Tatars to Middle Asia. The forced movement of the indigenous people of Crimea left a deep scar on the historical memory of their descendants. Every year in Ukraine, Crimean Tatars gather for memorial events; this year, a peaceful march to the annexed Crimea was scheduled.