Crimean Tatars deportation is the endless pain that will remain in the memory of the people for generations, affecting their cultural, social and economic development, according to the statement of Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groysman on the Remembrance Day of the Crimean Tatar People's Genocide Victims, published on the government website.
The Prime Minister noted that Ukraine justly recognized the Crimean Tatars deportation as genocide:
”No words could describe grief and sadness that strike us as we hear about extermination of whole nations”.
Vladimir Groysman stressed that the Crimean Tatar people suffered a new misfortune – the occupation –, which became a challenge not only for the Crimea and Ukraine, but for the whole civilized humanity.
“It's terrible to realize that today, at the beginning of the 21-st century, whole nation is persecuted again primarily along national, religious and confessional lines. Crimean Tatars faced a deadly threat once again”, the Prime Minister said in his appeal.”
The Head of the Cabinet of Ministers assured that Ukraine will never betray its Crimean Tatar brothers and will fight side by side with them for life, dignity and freedom.
Reference: May 18, 1944, deportation of Crimean Tatars 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.