Russian repression against Crimean Tatars new "despicably disguised" deportation: Poroshenko

19:50, 18 May 2017

Russia is doing everything to further drive Crimean Tatars from their native land, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during a vigil in commemoration of victims of Crimean Tatar people’s genocide, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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"In 2014, not long before the 70th anniversary of the deportation, the post-Soviet - but as much authoritarian – Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimea. Thousands of Crimean Tatars were involuntarily forced to leave their homes again," he said.

"The invaders are doing everything to further drive the freedom-loving people out from their native land. How can we call this other than a new undeclared, despicably disguised deportation?" the head of state noted.

Read alsoU.S. concerned over new wave of raids against Crimean Tatars in Russia-occupied Crimea"The ban on the activities of the Mejlis in Crimea, which was condemned by the International Court of Justice; arrests and torture, oppression of ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, and the disappearance of people - these are just some of the strokes for a portrait of the temporary criminal self-proclaimed so-called Crimean "authorities," the president added.

*** On May 18, Ukraine marks the Day of Remembrance of the Crimean Tatar Genocide Victims, as well as the Day of Struggle for the Rights of the Crimean Tatar People.

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