KYIV (QHA) -

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea launched an investigation into the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944, reads the official statement.

"The Prosecutor's Office the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has intensified the investigation into the forced relocation of the Crimean Tatar people and other ethnic groups from the territory of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1944," says the statement.

Notably, a register was compiled, which includes 160 persons, who were personally, or their relatives, forcibly displaced from the Crimea by representatives of the Soviet government in 1944.

For the interrogation of those persons as victims, the procedure of their  arrival to the Kherson region was agreed, as well as the list of documents they need to provide during the interrogation to confirm their participation in the events being subject of pre-trial investigation.

In addition, as part of the criminal proceedings, the relevant materials (documents, publications, scientific articles) have been requested from 300 scientific libraries of Ukraine for further scientific population assessment.

"Now we are taking steps to involve the investigative bodies of the Security Service of Ukraine to use their experience in the investigation of such category cases (the Holodomor)," according to the statement of the Prosecutor's Office.

The Remembrance Day of victims of the Crimean Tatars deportation is marked in Ukraine on May 18.

November 12, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the 1944 deportation of the Crimean Tatars as genocide. Ukraine became the first country in the world to adopt such a resolution.

QHA