President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that Ukraine will never forget the crime of the Soviet regime against the Crimean Tatars, and the current criminals will be punished for the occupation of the Crimean peninsula. Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.
“75 years ago, May 18, 1944, is the tragic date in the history of the Crimean Tatars. The witnesses are perishing away, but the memories of the genocide inflicted by Moscow will always stay in the history of the Crimean Tatars and in the history of the Ukrainian nation. The pain of the Crimean Tatars is our common pain. We will never forget the crime of the Soviet regime. And the current criminals will serve their punishment for the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, for tortures and cruelty over the Crimean people,” Poroshenko wrote.
Besides, the President added that he was convinced that “the right of the Crimean Tatars to live freely on their homeland will be resumed”.
Today, on May 18, Ukraine marks the anniversary of the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars. The deportation of the Crimean Tatars was the ethnic cleansing of at least 191,044 Crimean Tatars on 18-20 May 1944; one of the crimes of the Soviet totalitarian regime. That day, the Soviet authorities deported the Tatars from the Crimean peninsula to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. Small groups of people were also sent to the Mari Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, to the Urals and to the Kostroma region of Russia.