The Russian occupation authorities retaliated against the Crimean Tatars for the rejection of occupation, according to the member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Gayana Yuksel, who participated in the rally to commemorate the victims of the Deportation of 1944, which was held on May 13 in Ankara.

In an exclusive interview with QHA she told that the Crimean Tatar people have a very strong genetic memory, and people know very well what the Russian Empire did to the Crimean Tatars, as well as the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation.

Yuksel noted that even a large number of Crimean Tatars living in Turkey was a result of Russia's policy towards the indigenous people of Crimea.

"Therefore, we do everything to cover the true situation in Crimea and tell about what's happening," she said.

According to the member of Mejlis, this is the main purpose of visiting the Turkish capital and participating in the rally.

“Unfortunately, in the course of four years, all the forecasts given to the peninsula have become a reality. Crimea has turned into a military base of the Russian Federation, an ecological catastrophe is observed there, Crimea did not become an indicative economic region, but turned into a subsidized region where the tourism complex was completely destroyed.

But the most terrible thing is that the indigenous people of Crimea, the people who have full rights to this land - the Crimean Tatars - are under pressure and all sorts of attempts of Russian propaganda, to tell that everything is good in Crimea, are in fact, just an attempt to cloud the eyes,”  she said.

Yuksel noted that the Russian occupation authorities killed 11 Crimean Tatars, 19 were considered missing, hundreds of criminal cases were opened against Crimean Tatar activists and thousands of searches conducted.

“Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is prohibited, May 18 (Deportation Day of the Crimean Tatars in 1944), our national holidays are not marked. All this is a revenge of Russian propaganda for the rejection of occupation," she said.

QHA reported that May 13, a massive mourning rally in memory of the victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar people took place in Ankara. Members of the Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars from Ankara, Aksaraya, Ceyhan, Sakarya, Kyrikkale, Polatlia and other cities of Turkey and hundreds of other participants of the event take an active part in the event.
The ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Andrii Sybiha joined the participants of the action. In his speech, he noted that Ukrainians share the common pain with the Crimean Tatar brothers and sisters.

The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Refat Chubarov addressed the participants of the mourning rally in Ankara.