KYIV (QHA) -

The first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk supports the idea of creating a national Crimean Tatar autonomy. He made a corresponding statement in an interview with journalists after an open discussion "December 1, 1991, the Ukrainian referendum: lessons of history for the future."

“I support the idea that the Crimean Tatar autonomy should be national. The indigenous people – Crimean Tatars – live there. They should have their national autonomy. Previously, we had territorial autonomy - it did not produce results as we can see. Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are now united there against the Russian occupation of the Crimea. And I think we need to use it. The world will understand and, I believe, will support it," he said.

According to QHA correspondent, Kravchuk noted that not everyone in Ukraine will understand and support the decision to create a national autonomy of the Crimean Tatars.

"I think some will understand, some will not, it can not be that everyone supports us, but when the decision is made and the results emerge, then everyone will start to understand everything," Leonid Kravchuk believes.

Reference: In the All-Ukrainian referendum of 1991 there was not a single region or a single settlement where the idea of Ukraine's independence would not find almost unconditional support. In particular, 54,19% of citizens in the Crimea voted for independence, and 57.07% in Sevastopol.

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