On May 18, Ukraine honors the Crimean Tatar Remembrance Day of Deportation. On this occasion, the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance has told the story of the 1944 genocide.

In the materials with archival photographs the eyewitnesses tell in details about the eviction of the Crimean Tatars and their subsequent life in exile.

Just in three days 180,014 people were deported from the Crimean peninsula in 67 trains. Stalin accused the Crimean Tatars of collaborating with the Nazis and involved close to 32 thousand NKVD officers for deportation operations.

These events were a disaster for the indigenous people of Crimea. Even prior to the war ending, more than 30 thousand of the deported Crimean Tatars died from cold and hunger.

May, 18 Ukraine also honors the Day of the Fight for the Rights of the Crimean Tatar People.

PHOTO: Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance