KYIV (QHA) -

People's deputy of Ukraine from the Solidarity faction, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov expressed the hope that in September the draft of changes regarding the creation of the Crimean Tatar autonomy will be introduced into the Constitution of Ukraine.

He made a corresponding statement during a rally on the Independence Square, timed to the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Crimean Tatar People's Genocide, QHA correspondent reports.

He also expressed the hope that the Constitutional Commission would promptly develop appropriate amendments and submit them to the Verkhovna Rada. Chubarov also noted that a constitutional majority of 300 votes would be required to amend the Constitution, and called on people's deputies to show solidarity in this matter.

The Chairman of the Mejlis stressed that the creation of the Crimean Tatar autonomy is one of the most important preconditions for the de-occupation of the Crimea.

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, who also spoke at the rally, noted that after the war, the world was of course too busy with post-war troubles and did not provide the necessary support when Stalin's repressions took place, and stressed:

“But now we have the state, and it is Ukraine.”

Dzhemilev expressed the hope that eventually the rights of the Crimean Tatars would be restored after the de-0occupation of Crimea, in free Ukraine.

On May 18, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko granted the title of Hero of Ukraine to the Crimean Reshet Ametov, the first victim of the Russian occupants of the Crimea.

Reference. May 18, 1944 Crimean Tatars deportation began in the Crimea. Soviet power accused the whole nation of cooperation with Nazi Germany during World War II. Thousands of Crimean Tatars were taken to Central Asia. During the trip and the first year of exile more than 30,000 people died from hunger and disease. Crimean Tatars were allowed to return to their homeland in the Crimea only in 1989.

On November 12, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. In October 2016 Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated the investigation into the deportation of the Crimean Tatars.

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