Today, on June 26, the Day of the Crimean Tatar Flag is celebrated. On this occasion, the Office of the President of Ukraine has recalled the history of the flag and the struggle of the Crimean Tatars to return under Ukraine’s control on its Telegram channel. The names of Crimean Tatar political prisoners in Crimea have also been brought up.
The President's Office reminds that the flag was approved in 1917, and the holiday was celebrated for the first time in 2010. It was approved by the decision of the Fifth Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People.
"The golden tamga on the blue flag has become a symbol of insubordination and courage of the people, a symbol of the struggle for their rights and the struggle for the return of Crimea under the control of Ukraine to the whole world," the statement said.
It is also noted that most Crimean Tatars are among the political prisoners in Crimea. In particular, Server Mustafaiev, Seiran Saliiev, the Abdulaiev brothers and Emir-Usein Kuku are behind bars.
"Today, Crimean Tatar flags are flying in the air all over Crimea, reminding the people of Crimea of the spirit of freedom and unity. Unity in the struggle for the return of the State Flag of Ukraine to the Crimea and that, as before, we will once again admire the two flags waving next to each other in Bakhchysarai or Simferopol," the message reads.
As we reported earlier, on the eve of the Crimean Tatar Flag Day, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated that Crimea was Ukraine's territory.