Poroshenko: Deportation - our common pain

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko expressed his condolences to the Crimean Tatars on behalf of the Ukrainian people.

18 May 2016 14:12

In memory of the victims of the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944, the Ukraine’s President wrote Twitter that he shares the pain of all Crimean Tatars.

- May 18, 1944 was a start date of a criminal eviction of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea. We share our common pain, wrote Poroshenko.

May 18, 1944 the Soviet authorities conducted mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were evicted and 46%, mostly the elderly, women and children were killed in special settlements in the first years of deportation.

Today, Kyiv and Ukraine are holding a number of events dedicated to the 72th anniversary of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people: actions and mass rallies, thematic lessons in schools, thematic initiatives by social activists.