Ukraine calls on the world community to continue its political and diplomatic pressure on the authorities of the annexed Crimea to avoid a repetition of the tragedy of 1944, when about a quarter of a million Crimean Tatars were deported to Central Asia.
This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the occasion of the Day of Memory for Victims of Deportation.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that “the pain and suffering of the Crimean Tatar people under the Soviet deportation of 1944 repeated 70 years later, during the Russian occupation of Crimea”.
“The occupier has also resorted to Stalinist repressions against the Crimean Tatar people and its leaders, clamped down the Mejlis as the Supreme plenipotentiary representative body of the Crimean Tatar people, arranging illegal searches and politically motivated persecution of the activists, groundlessly accused the Crimean Tatars of extremism and terrorism,” the Foreign Ministry said.
The Foreign Ministry added that international pressure on Russia should lead to the “immediate cessation of violations of fundamental human rights in Crimea, and ultimately to the de-occupation of the peninsula”.