The official ceremony of handing over the People’s Hero of Ukraine order, to be later given to Mejlis Deputy Chairman Akhtem Chiygoz, took place in Kiev, wrote on his Facebook page Refat Chubarov, Mejlis Chairman.

Akhtem Chiygoz was awarded the order on November 18, 2015. The People’s Hero of Ukraine order has already been awarded to Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of Crimean Tatars, and Reshat Ametov (posthumously).

 “Akhtem Chiygoz embodies the dignity and courage characteristic of Crimean Tatars. We are as proud of Akhtem as we are of all the Crimean Tatars who remained defiant to the occupants. … I thank the Ukrainian people for not forgetting Akhtem. I am sure we will gather again in free Crimea soon and give the high award I am now accepting for safe-keeping  to Akhtem Chiygoz,” Chubarov wrote.