Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine commemorated Victims of the Crimean Tatar People Genocide and honoured the memory of more than two hundred innocent victims of the Stalinist regime.
"The deportation of 1944 was a purposeful action of the USSR antihuman communist regime to eliminate one of the indigenous peoples of Crimea," it wrote in a statement published on Tuesday.
The Ministry said that Ukraine’s position on defence of European democratic values, human rights and freedoms remains unchanged and unwavering.
"Ukraine protects the rights of the Crimean Tatar people as it does regarding the rights of all indigenous peoples residing on the Ukrainian territory," the statement added.
It also urged the international community to condemn this crime of the totalitarian communist regime and recognize the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars as the act of genocide against the Crimean Tatar people.
"We call upon the entire democratic world to support the Crimea Platform and jointly clear the way to de-occupation of the peninsula and resolution of the pressing political, security, legal, economic and humanitarian problems caused by the Russian Federation’s occupation of Crimea," the Ukrainian Ministry said.
MFA of Ukraine also published a poem written by Ablyaziz Vyeliyev, Crimean Tatar poet, translator, journalist.
Oh how many of them
had courageously fought for their freedom!
And fell dead for that sacred, that holy the right!
To eternally clear the good name of our people
And let everyone know:
‘We’re not dead, we persist, we’re alive!