KYIV (QHA) -

On February 26, a large rally of solidarity with the occupied Crimea took place on Independence Square of the Ukrainian capital.

Crimean Tatars and activists gathered in the center of Kyiv at the stela on Maidan, where they remembered the victims of the Russian occupation. The meeting was organized by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Crimean Resource Center, Avtomaidan and other political and human rights organizations.

“Four years ago, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people called on everyone to come and protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Then 15 thousand people defended the Crimea in Ukraine and were sure that from that day all the authorities will engage. Then no one knew that the second phase of an open invasion by Russia would begin the next morning. Today it is very important for us to give support to people who stayed in the Crimea, because they are waiting for Ukraine. We are obliged to communicate with them," Refat Chubarov, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, said speaking before the audience.

At the rally, people brought portraits of the victims of annexation - activists killed and abducted by Russian security forces, as well as political prisoners.

“I could not stay away, because February 26 is the day when I was deprived of my homeland. For me, this is an important day. I am sure that Crimea will return in the very near future. Today, the Ukrainian media and Ukrainian politicians do not speak much about the Crimea. We are Crimean Tatars - now here in Kyiv, but I would like the Crimean Tatars in Crimea to know that they are remembered and taken care of," the participant of the rally Gulnara Abdulaeva told.

Actions in support of the Russian-occupied Crimea were held on 26 of February in different countries: Turkey, Poland, Lithuania and others.

Earlier QHA reported that an action was held in Berlin in support of the inhabitants of the Crimea

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