Ukrainian Mission to UN, EU Published a Video Message Recalling Deportation of Crimean Tatars
Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya published a video message on the occasion of the deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimean Peninsula.
“Ukraine will continue to spear no effort to make the deportation of Crimean Tatars recognized as crime and remembered forever,” said the representative.
Mr. Kyslytsya emphasised that silencing of crimes and turning blind eye on aggression led to impunity and perpetuated occupation.
“The UN was established to prevent wars and human rights violations,” he said.
The diplomat recalled that dozens of thousands of Crimean Tatars had died, lost their relatives and loved ones during the deportation in 1944, and any mention of the tragedy was persecuted by the regime.
“The memory and knowledge of this tragedy had been suppressed by the Soviet Union for decades. Today, Putin consciously glorifies Stalin. He has unleashed yet another campaign of violence and repression in the occupied Crimea,” Kyslytsya said.
The Ukrainian Permanent Representative to UN stressed that the incumbent Russian president “utilizes Stalin’s methods of terror and expulsion of Crimean Tatars” to solidify the illegal occupation of the peninsula.
The deportation of Crimean Tatars, which began on May 18, 1944 and lasted for several days, was one of the biggest crimes committed by the USSR during World War II.
The actions of the Soviet regime recognized as genocide by Ukraine in 2015. Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) declared May 18 the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People.
Mission of Ukraine to the EU also published a statement commemorating the victims of forceful deportation.
“On May 18, Ukraine commemorates victims of forceful 1944 Soviet deportation of Crimean Tatars from their homeland – Crimean peninsula. In the matter of two days, more than 183 000 Crimean Tatars were forcibly deported from Crimea to Siberia, the Urals and Central Asia as a form of collective punishment.
During the first years of deportation up to 46% Crimean Tatars perished in the so-called “special settlements” from hunger, diseases, abuse and hard labour.
The deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 is a crime of genocide and a manifestation of the criminal nature of the ethnic policy of Stalinism.
In 2014 Russia occupied Crimea and started the second, now hybrid, deportation of Crimean Tatars. It is marked with political, religious and cultural persecutions.
Since 2014 more than 43 000 people left Crimea over intimidation, persecution and fears of the return of the past in its worst manifestations.
About 100 citizens of Ukraine, most of them Crimean Tatars, are illegally detained or convicted by Russia for political reasons in the territory of the Russian Federation and temporarily occupied Crimea.
We call on international community to step up diplomatic pressure and to strengthen sanctions in order to stop Russia’s crimes in Crimea.”