February 24, the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey in cooperation with the General Center of the Crimean Turks of Turkey held joint events dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the beginning of Russia's occupation of Crimea and the 100th anniversary of the death of the first Mufti of the Muslims of Crimea, Lithuania, Poland, initiator of the First Qurultay  of the Crimean Tatar people, the Head of the Crimean People's Republic, the author of the Crimean anthem Noman Çelebicihan, according to the press service of the Ukrainian embassy.

Within the framework of the event, a thematic exhibition and conference were held, where the Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Andrii Sybiha, the activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement Nariman Dzhelal and others delivered their speeches.

Sybiha noted the importance of Kyiv's international policy aimed at informing the world community about the situation in the occupied Ukrainian peninsula.

Nariman Dzhelal spoke about the pressure of Russians on those who oppose the occupation, about the persecution of Crimean Tatars, detentions, murders and lawlessness.

"The Crimean Tatar people are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian people in the matter of deoccupation," Dzhelal said .

Also within the framework of the event, a photo exhibition of the works by Anton Naumlyuk, the correspondent of the Russian service Radio Liberty, was presented. The exhibition "Adult Crimean Childhood" shows the plight of the children of political prisoners in the Crimea.

Earlier, during an interrogation in the Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv on the case of treason of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, one of the witnesses, a former acting Minister of Defense, ex-Commander of the Navy Ihor Tenyukh, said that Russia had begun preparations for the annexation of Crimea back in 2010, when Viktor Yanukovych came to power.

Preparation began with personnel cleansing, reducing the number of fleets, dissolving the commissariats and manning the Navy with contract soldiers from the Crimea. By conducting a "mop-up", Tenyukh explains his dismissal from the post of commander of the Navy in 2010.