Poroshenko: It is necessary to legally consolidate the right of Crimean Tatar people to autonomy within Ukraine
Deportation of the Crimean Tatars is one of the most serious crimes against humanity, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated at the concert-requiem in Kyiv dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ genocide, carried out on May 18, 1944.
The Head of state said that the Soviet regime needed only a few days to change the course of the history of the whole people, and the return of the Crimean Tatars to the home lasted for several decades.
Poroshenko noted that more than 30% of the Crimean Tatars died in just one year from hunger and disease, but the real number of these victims is difficult to establish.
The president cited the words of the Ukrainian general Petro Grigorenko, who in 1968 in the USSR was not afraid to speak in defense of the Crimean Tatars, making the following statement was about deportation: “What you did in 1944 is pure genocide.”
This is one of the most serious crimes against humanity. Only on November 12, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada finally recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatars as genocide of the people. I am proud that this took place during my presidency, – Poroshenko said.
The President thanked the parliament of Latvia, which on May 9 adopted a statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars, where the deportation of the Tatars was recognized as a genocide. The head of state expressed confidence that this step of the Latvian Saeima will be the beginning of the international condemnation of the crime of 1944.
Poroshenko further noted that for the fifth year in a row, the Crimean Tatar people were deprived of the opportunity to honor the memory of the victims of the genocide in the occupied Crimea without any harassment.
2015 ended with the administrative prosecution of activists for organizing a mourning rally by the occupiers. Today, within political and religious persecution on the peninsula, 86 people are deprived of their liberty, more than 60 of whom are Crimean Tatars. 170 children were left without full parental attention. People live in fear, they risk being imprisoned or disappearing without a trace.
Poroshenko called on future Ukrainian authorities to intensify world pressure on Russia in order to free all the prisoners of the Kremlin and legally consolidate the inalienable right of the Crimean Tatar people as indigenous people of Crimea to national-territorial autonomy within Ukraine.
Today, the elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, made a publication on his Facebook page in memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. He expressed hope that Ukraine would be able to free the homeland of the Crimean Tatars from occupation.