May 18 is the 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 began. Soviet power accused the whole Crimean Tatar people in cooperation with Nazi Germany during World War II. People were given only a few minutes for gathering.
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.
Thousands of Crimean Tatars were taken to Central Asia and the Urals. Only on their way to the exile and in the first year after the deportation more than 30 thousand people died.
November 12, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution in which it recognized the deportation of 1944 as genocide against the Crimean Tatar people.
Crimean Tatars were able to return to their homeland only in 1989.
In October 2016, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea began an investigation into the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people.
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.