Deputy leaders of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chyigoz reached the airport in Ankara. They are now waiting for the plane to take them back to Ukraine. 112 Ukraine TV channel's correspondent reported that on Friday morning.
'As long as Ukraine has allies like Turkey, Ukraine will have good prospects...I know our release raised the spirits of those who now faces repressions,' Chyigoz said.
According to Umerov, both officials will immediately start 'working on de-occupation of Crimea'. 'We'll gather and join forces as a single community to continue this struggle that we began,' he said. Earlier, he did not rule out he could return to Crimea.
On October 26, Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chyigoz were released from detention in the Russia-occupied Crimea; they were arrested, judged and sentenced for resisting the occupation of the peninsula in February 2014. After they were released, they immediately went to Turkey to meet with local officials and the local Crimean Tatar community. Then, they are heading back to Ukraine.