Trauma and Sufferings of Crimean Tatars' Only Deepen by Russia’s Modern Day Occupation - U.S.
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien shared a video message reminiscing the Crimean Tatars’ forced deportation by Soviet regime 76 years ago, and reiterated the United States’ firm position today.
“Today we solemnly remember the starting of Soviet deportations of Crimean Tatars, which caused unimaginable traumas, suffering and deaths of many thousands… That trauma and sufferings only deepen by Russia’s modern day occupation of Crimea. The United States does not and will not recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine,” Kvien said.
She assured that U.S. commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unshakable.
“We call on Russia to stop inflicting suffering to the people of Crimea, end conscription there and immediately return full control of Crimea to Ukraine. We stand with Ukraine and reaffirm that Crimea is Ukraine,” the diplomat stressed.