TORONTO (QHA) -

De-occupation of Crimea is impossible by military means, said the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine and the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for Crimean Tatar People Affairs Mustafa Dzhemilev at the University of Toronto on May 18 at an event dedicated to repression of Crimean Tatars and other human rights violations in the occupied Crimea.

A Ukrainian human rights activist Tatyana Pechonchik shared the corresponding information on her Facebook page.

Dzhemilev explained that there is evidence that Russia had deployed nuclear weapons on the peninsula in the tract Kiziltash.

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people noted that de-occupation should be carried out peacefully, and the key to it is the strengthening of economic sanctions against Russia.

“Four years of occupation of the Crimea. We did not think that the occupation would last so long. Deoccupation of the Crimea is impossible by military means, because there is evidence that Russia has deployed nuclear weapons on the peninsula in the tract Kiziltash. De-occupation should be carried out peacefully, and the key to it is the strengthening of economic sanctions against Russia,"  Dzhemilev said, as cited by Pechonchik.

Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz attended the event in Toronto as well. Together with Mustafa Dzhemilev they spoke at the City Hall of Toronto, where the commemoration of the victims of Stalin's deportation of 1944 was honored and the Crimean Tatar flag was be raised.
According to Pechonchik, the University of Toronto also hosted an exhibition of journalist Anton Naumlyuk, which tells about 106 children who actually became half-orphans, because the occupation authorities deprived their parents of freedom.

May 18, at 19:00 Kyiv time over the building of the Toronto City Hall for the first time  the Crimean Tatar flag was raised in solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people and in memory of the victims of deportation of 1944. It is also planned to hold a rally with the participation of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar diasporas.

QHA reported that in the occupied Crimea residents of Pervomaisky honored the memory of the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944. Activists laid flowers near the monument to the deported Crimean Tatars.

Also at the railway station of Bakhchisarai was a ceremony of commemorating the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944. The spontaneous action was held with the participation of several dozen people.

Reference: May 18 - Day of Remembrance for the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people. It was on this day in 1944, at four o'clock in the morning, that the deportation of Crimean Tatars from the Crimea began under the decree of Stalin.

The criminal actions of the Soviet government led to mass loss of life and irreparable damage to the Crimean Tatar people, the development of its culture, tragically influencing its historical path. Only on the way to the exile and in the first year after the deportation more than 30 thousand people died.

QHA