On May 16, Russian-backed Simferopol City Administration in temporarily occupied Crimea published an action plan for May 18 Crimean Tatars Remembrance Day of Deportation.

The events will begin with laying flowers at the memorial monuments of the city.

In the morning, at 9.00 a.m. the city residents will lay flowers in the park at Privokzalny Avenue, at 9.20 a.m. - near the Botanical Garden of the Crimean Federal University named after V.I. Vernadsky, and at 9.40 a.m. - at the memorial outside the Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University.

In the afternoon, the opening ceremony of the first phase of the memorial dedicated to the victims of deportation will be held at the Siren railway station in Bakhchysarai district from where the first special train full of the Crimean Tatars departed to Central Asia on May 18, 1944.  

“Light a fire in your heart” event is scheduled to start at 7.30 p.m. at Lenin Square in Simferopol.

In addition, according to the City Administration’s website, prayers in memory of the victims of deportation to be held in all mosques and Orthodox churches of annexed Crimea on May 18.

Earlier, the self-proclaimed Simferopol Administration warned the Crimeans against holding any campaign - inconsistent with the authorities - on the Crimean Tatars Remembrance Day of Deportation.

On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government forcibly deported 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.

A number of events commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, including mass rallies, topical lessons at schools and activists' initiatives, will be held in Kyiv and throughout Ukraine. 

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