Volodymyr Groysman the Prime Minister of Ukraine honored the memory of the victims of the deportation of the ethnic Crimean Tatar population.
He noted that Ukraine recognized this deportation as the genocide because about 200 thousand people suffered from it. Almost half of them died on the way from inhumane conditions.
‘There are no words, which can describe the sadness and grief that wrapped us when we hear about the extirpation of the whole nations. The Ukrainians know what is genocide and which traumas it lefts in the national consciousness, not from the books of the history. It is an endless pain that genocide reminds in the national memory, influences its culture and even social and economic development’, the Prime Minister said.
Also, Groysman added that a new disaster caught Crimean Tatar population.
‘The persecutions and harassment of the Crimean Tatar activists take place in the occupied Crimea. The peaceful meetings are also banned and people cannot honor the memory of the victims of the deportation. It is terrible to realize that in the 21st century the nation can undergo such cruel persecutions first of all because of their national, religious and confessional characteristics. Crimean Tatars face the dead threat’, he noted.
‘This is our common disaster and this is a tough call not only for Crimean Tatars but also for the whole Ukraine and civilized world. We will never betray our Crimean Tatar brothers and will fight side by side for life, dignity and freedom of our nations. I appeal to all citizens of Ukraine to honor the memory of the deceased Crimean Tatars and other nations by the moment of silence’, the politician concluded.
Oleksander Turchinov the Secretary of RNBO of Ukraine claimed that the Crimean Tatar nation is persecuted in the annexed Crimean peninsula but the rough and cruel force will never defeat the truth and justice.
Zair Smedliaev the Head of the Central Election Commission claimed that the illegal authorities of Crimea banned the holding of different meetings, mourning commemorative events and all Crimean Tatar activists received the warnings of holding any public events and taking part in them, including Nariman Jeliaev, Ilmi Umerov and the chairman of the regional mejlises.
‘We (the activists) will individually follow the memory lane, pray and lay flowers for those thousands people who died. It is not banned by law to lay flowers’, Zair Smedliaev said.
The deportation of the Crimean Tatar began on May 18, 1944, and lasted for 2 days. It was made by People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD). The citizens were deported to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and other Soviet Union Region.
The official reason for deportation was named the cooperation between the Crimean Tatar and Nazi Germany during the World War II. In 1989 the deportation was recognized as illegal and criminal by Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the deportation from Crimea as the genocide on November 12, 2015 and acclaimed the 18th May as the Remembrance Day of the victims of the genocide of Crimean Tatars.