Russian tanks in occupied Crimea have no concern with honouring war victims – Umerov

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Canan Kevser
10 May 2021, 09:
Canan Kevser
10 May 2021, 09:

Member of Ukrainian Parliament and Delegate of Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People Rustem Umerov commented on the Russian military parades performed in occupied Crimea on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazis.

"Show-off tanks and weapons in the occupied territories have no concern with honouring the memory of victims of World War II," Umerov said in a commentary published on the Golos (Voice) Faction's website.

Puzzles of Russian Propaganda

Emphasising that the large-scale parades and the spread of dishonour for other participants in the war are "one of the puzzles of Russian propaganda," the Ukrainian MP said Russia interprets history in its own way and uses it in Crimea as an "ideological weapon" in its information war.

No one will remember in the parade that Soviet authorities left 100,000 soldiers to die

The politician said that at the parade of tanks in occupied Sevastopol, no one would remember how the Soviet authorities betrayed and left to die 100,000 of their soldiers at Cape Chersonese (Khersones) during the defence of Sevastopol.

According to the Ukrainian MP, the Russian administration uses very same adverse practices as the former Soviet leadership.

"In fact, nothing has changed in the politics of modern Russia since the USSR. Both the leadership of the Soviet Union during the Second World War and the current leadership of Russia make people victims of their own ambitions and goals," Umerov said.

Occupiers creating artificial problems

The Crimean Tatar representative reminded how the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea are currently creating an artificial humanitarian problem of water shortage on the peninsula and blaming Ukraine for it.

Ukraine to create its own agenda

Umerov asserted that Ukraine should create its own agenda against Russia's offences.

"Our task now is not to respond to Russia's attacks, but to create our own agenda. We are already working on the Crimean platform with our partners to ensure most countries of the world speak loudly about the de-occupation of Crimea. The more countries join the Crimean platform, the sooner Russia will sit down at the negotiating table," Umerov added.

Rustem Umerov insisted that the occupier must leave the Ukrainian territories.

Victory Day over Nazism in WWII

Day of Victory over Nazism in the Second World War (WWII) is celebrated on the 9th of May every year in Ukraine. Also, On the 8th of May, Ukraine marks the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation to commemorate the victims of World War II. The day honours the memory of more than 80 million people whose lives were claimed by global-scale violence, people of all races and nations — those who died on the fronts, in the trenches, those killed in a bombing, held in captivity, concentration camps, or went missing in the whirlwind of war.