The Crimean Tatar flag was displayed on the building of the Ukrainian embassy in France in solidarity with the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, Oleh Shamshur, Ambassador of Ukraine in France, twitted.
“We are together with the Crimean Tatar people, who have survived the tragedy in 1944, and is now fighting for the right to live on their own land,” Shamshur wrote.
On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government forcibly deported the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were deported, 46% of whom, mostly elderly people, women and children, died in special settlements in the first years of deportation.
To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation, a number of events, including rallies, flash mobs, lessons at schools and NGOs and activists’ initiatives will be held in Kyiv and all over Ukraine on May 18, 2016.