“On Thursday, May 9, the Saeima adopted the statement dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people and which supports the policy of the non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea,” the message said.
At the same time, the Saeima added that the “genocide” is the most precise definition of the policy of the Soviet authority toward the Crimean Tatar people.
On May 18, Ukraine and the world recall the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people out of Crimea in 1944. That day the first echelon with Crimean Tatars was sent to Central Asia. Totally, about 180,000 people were deported.
According to the regulation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, May 18 is announced as the Day of Remembrance of the victims of Crimean Tatars genocide.
A new challenge for the Crimean Tatars started after Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Some of them left the peninsula because of persecution, others suffering from raids, trials, and detentions. Some received a ban to the entry to Crimea, including the leaders of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov.