In the occupied Crimea, residents of Pervomaisky (Dzhurchi) honored the memory of the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944.
Activists laid flowers near the monument to the deported Crimean Tatars.
Security forces were not present at the event of the Crimean Tatars though it was not authorized by the occupation authorities, so the residents of Pervomaisky district were able to honor the memory of all those who died during the deportation with a memorial dua prayer.
Reference: May 18 - Day of Remembrance for the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people. It was on this day in 1944, at four o'clock in the morning, that the deportation of Crimean Tatars from the Crimea began under the decree of Stalin.
The criminal actions of the Soviet government led to mass loss of life and irreparable damage to the Crimean Tatar people, the development of its culture, tragically influencing its historical path. Only on the way to the exile and in the first year after the deportation more than 30 thousand people died.
The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, the Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev speaking about Deportation noted that May 18 is the day that turned the history of the Crimean Tatar people and threw them back by many decades.
The Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz also shared their stories with QHA. Umerov said that the Crimean Tatars always knew that they would return to their land - to the Crimea. In turn, Chiygoz drew a parallel with today's events and noted that the history of their fathers and grandfathers is repeated.
Forced deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944 is a crime aimed at destroying an entire people, alongside with the Holodomor, the operation Vistula and the deportation of Chechens and Ingushs, is one of the largest during the Soviet regime.
Recall that in just three days by order of Stalin more than 190 thousand Crimean Tatars were forced to leave their homes, and in inhuman conditions deported from their homeland.