Both Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians came to honor the memory of those killed in this terrible tragedy, according to a QHA correspondent. The spiritual leaders, representatives of the Crimean Tatar communities from other countries, as well as Ukrainian MPs gathered to mark the 72th anniversary of the Deportation.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov also attended the mourning rally and delivered a fiery speech in support of the Crimean Tatars.
- It was supposed to happen: the neighboring country attacked us, we lost Crimea, and the bandits have gained control over Donetsk and Luhansk regions. All these has happened in order to unite us, the Ukrainian people, and we gathered here. It is a pity that this has not happen before! But as the Muslims say: pain purifies the soul, said Refat Aga.
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.
Yesterday, Kyiv and Ukraine held 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.