KYIV (QHA) -

October 25, the 97th anniversary of the birth of twice Hero of the Soviet Union, test pilot Crimean Tatar Amet-Khan Sultan will be celebrated in the Park of Eternal Glory in Kyiv at 15:00, according to the press service of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

In the Park of Eternal Glory, the ceremony of laying flowers at the monument to Amet-Khan Sultan will be held.

Representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, state and public figures of Ukraine will take part in the ceremony.

Amet-Khan Sultan is the national hero of the Crimean Tatar people, soviet pilot, and participant in the Second World War. June 30, 1945 he was awarded the title of twice Hero of the Soviet Union for the successful conduct of 603 flights (he personally shot down 30 enemy aircraft of different types and 19 in group battles). From 1947 to 1971 he was a test pilot. Honored Test Pilot of the USSR, the only Soviet pilot who tested more than 50 types of aircraft. 107 air units were tested in the air.

On May 3, 2013, the bust of Amet-Khan Sultan was opened in the Kyiv Park of Eternal Glory, and on May 15, 2014 - a memorial plaque near the Aviator Palace of the Kirovograd Flying Academy of the National Aviation University. The plaque was installed on the initiative of a group of aviators from the Crimea "Vatan kanatlary" led by Nuri Beitulayev. This place was chosen because it is impossible to perpetuate the memory of the Crimean Tatar pilot in the occupied territory of the Crimea.
On May 4, 2015, according to the decision of the Verkhovna Rada, the airport in Simferopol was named after Amet-Khan Sultan. Moreover, the microdistrict in the city of Saki was named after the pilot, as well as the railway stop at the 34th kilometer of the Ostryakovo-Yevpatoriya line, the streets in Alupka, Sudak, Mezhvodnoye, Melitopol and other cities.

Earlier, October 16 in the National Museum of Ukraine a meeting was held dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the birth of human rights activist Pyotr Grigorenko.

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov noted that General Grigorenko supported the Crimean Tatars in the national movement for returning to the Crimea, and now the Crimean Tatars in the temporarily occupied Crimea find support in his personality.

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