Ayshe Umerova, daughter of the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov, posted father’s congratulations on Independence Day of Ukraine to Facebook.

- My congratulations on the Ukraine’s Independence Day! Although I am sure that Ukraine will gain true independence only following de-occupation of the Crimea and Donbas. Then it will be a real national holiday. I believe that on this day we will surely meet all together - in free Ukraine and in free Crimea! said Ilmi Umerov.

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People stressed that words "freedom" and "independence" have a special meaning for him:

- Living under occupation for more than two years, and now being in the dungeons of the mental hospital, I can say that the words "freedom" and "independence" are getting a lot more sense. Although they have always been in first place for the Crimean Tatar people - tens of years of struggle for the return to the motherland, 20 years of formation and settlement in the Crimea, two and a half years of the occupation - nothing has broken our people. On the contrary, it has made us even stronger and more united.

Ilmi Umerov also expressed his confidence in the victory of the Ukrainian people.

- If everyone who loves and supports Ukraine people will selflessly fight for the true independence - we will win that’s for sure! We are stronger than they think!

We are more than they expected! They won’t break us down as the truth is on our side! Said Umerov.

PHOTO: Facebook of Ilmi Umerov