The foreign ministers of the Lublin Triangle countries - Ukraine, Lithuania, and Poland published a joint statement on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea.
"On this mournful day, on behalf of Ukraine, the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Poland, we express our deepest condolences to the Crimean Tatar people. We share your pain and honor the memory of the innocent victims of the genocide committed in 1944," the statement wrote.
The ministers expressed that Kyiv, Vilnius and Warsaw would make every effort to disseminate historical facts and ensure their proper international assessment at the present stage.
"Unfortunately, seven decades after this horrific crime, our generation eye-witnesses recurrence of the events of the past.
Russia's temporary occupation of Crimea has led to new repressions against the Crimean Tatar people who once again face human rights violations, persecution for beliefs, religion and for disagreement with the occupation of Ukrainian Crimea, ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, and various forms of harassment and discrimination. These actions of Russia as an occupying power are unacceptable in today’s world and require an adequate response from the international community," the diplomats said.
Indicating that the most effective response will be the de-occupation of the Crimean peninsula, Foreign Ministers of the three countries said that their asset in this struggle is solidarity with the Crimean Tatars and the unity of the whole world around their common goal.