KYIV (QHA) -

The Embassy of the United States of America in Ukraine called on Russia, which had occupied Crimea, to stop repression against the Crimean Tatars. The corresponding message appeared on the department’s official page on Facebook.

“May 18 marks 73 years since the forcible deportation in 1944 of more than 230,000 Tatars from their Crimean homeland. Repression and discrimination of Crimean Tatars must stop. Russian occupation of Crimea should end.”

Earlier, on May, 18 the Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov expressed his hope that the project of amendments regarding the creation of the Crimean Tatar autonomy will be introduced in the Constitution of Ukraine.

Reference. May 18, 1944 Crimean Tatars deportation 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.

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