At its session on February 19, the Crimean Parliament approved an appeal to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to recognize May 18 as an all-Ukrainian day of remembrance of Crimean deportation victims.
73 out of 85 MPs voted for this decision.
“As a result of national repressions carried out by totalitarian regime in Crimea in 1941-1944, whole peoples were deported, that leaded to irreparable loss.
Representing the interests of Ukrainian citizens who live in Crimea, we ask to consider the possibility of recognizing May18 as all-Ukrainian day of remembrance of Crimean deportation victims.
We believe it will draw attention of public to the tragic events in the history of our country and will awake intolerance to violence against the humanity.
This date will mark a tragedy, and will unite Ukrainians in the name of peace and interethnic union” – reads the address.
To recall, on March 26, 1993 Crimean Parliament approved a decree on recognizing May 18 as Crimean day of remembrance of Crimean deportation victims.
Days of remembrance of Holocaust and Holodomor victims are already recognized as all-Ukrainian days of remembrance.