ANKARA (QHA) -

At a mourning rally to commemorate memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people held in Ankara the appeal of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin was read out, the ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Andrii Sybiha informed on his Twitter page.

Andrii Sybiha addressed the participants of the rally, which took place in Anadolu Square. He noted that Ukrainians share a common pain with Crimean Tatar brothers and sisters.

The diplomat stressed that the international legal categorization of deportation as a genocide is needed.

“Read out Pavlo Klimkin's appeal at a rally of the Crimean Tatars, timed to mark the 74th anniversary of deportation. We share the common pain with the Crimean Tatar brothers and sisters. International legal categorization of deportation as genocide is necessary. We are working for a joint victory.”

“For the Crimean Tatars, the word "Surgunlik" (deportation) became a page of national memory, which will be a pain in the hearts of all generations. Deportation was one of the greatest crimes of the Soviet regime,” reads the appeal.

According to the official page of the Ukrainian embassy in Turkey on Twitter, a rally in Ankara is a commemoration of memory of the victims of the 1944 deportation.

“Together, we recall the terrible crime of Soviet power - the deportation of the Crimean Tatars. We will never allow Russia to use repressive methods with impunity," the statement of the diplomatic service said.


QHA reported that a rally dedicated to the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people began at 14:00 in Ankara on May 13.

Members of the Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars from Ankara, Aksaraya, Ceyhan, Sakarya, Kyrikkale, Polatlia and other cities of Turkey and hundreds of other participants of the event take an active part in the event.

The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Refat Chubarov addressed the participants of the mourning rally in Ankara.

In his address, Chubarov noted that the Crimean Tatars will never forget the victims of the deportation of 1944. The Ukrainian MP further noted that today the situation of the Crimean Tatars remains difficult.

Reference:  May 18, 1944, under the decree of Stalin, Crimean Tatars were deported from the Crimea to remote regions of the Urals and Central Asia.

In 1989, the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in the USSR was convicted and found unlawful. In November of 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Independent Ukraine recognized the deportation of 1944 as a genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.

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