Ukraine honoring memory of victims of deportation of Crimean Tatars
Ukraine is honoring on May 18 the 71th Day of Remembrance of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, Radio Liberty reported on Monday.
A number of commemorative events are scheduled for the event in Ukraine and abroad.
Numerous events were also held the day before in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson and Lviv.
In Simferopol, Crimean Tatars who refused to take part in events organized by the occupation authorities dedicated to the Day of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, honored the memory of those who died by the launching several Chinese lanterns into the sky.
Communities abroad also held commemorations on Sunday, in particular in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey and other countries.
Many Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars and the Czechs gathered in Prague, on Wenceslas Square. They talked about the current situation in Crimea and the harassment of the Crimean Tatars. The participants expressed hope that the Russian occupation of the peninsula would end.
Illustrations in support of the Crimean Tatars and in memory of the deportation were also posted on social networks by the Ukrainian embassies abroad and the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
On Monday evening, the requiem and rally on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars will be held at Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv.
May 18 is the Day of Remembrance of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from the Crimea. On this day in 1944 the first group of Crimean Tatars was sent to Central Asia from the peninsula. Over 180,000 Tatars were deported from Bakhchysarai, Simferopol and Dzhankoy to the east of the Soviet Union.