KYIV (QHA) -

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko personally congratulated the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev on his 75th birthday and presented him with the Order of Freedom.

The award ceremony took place on November 13, during the ceremony for the birthday of Mustafa Dzhemilev in the Column Hall of the KSCA, the QHA correspondent reports.

“There are persons who symbolize the era, symbolize the people, and a true Ukrainian Mustafa-aga is just such a person. I was pleased to hear applause in honor of Mustafa Dzhemilev at the UN General Assembly session. This man has devoted his whole life to freedom for the Crimean Tatars, for Ukraine. He did not change his values, even when he had to go to prison for his ideals.”

Poroshenko noted that Dzhemilev is as unconquerable as the entire Crimean Tatar people.

The President expressed his conviction that Ukraine will return the Crimea and "the occupiers will pay for everything."

The Head of state noted that the question "Whose Crimea is?" became a litmus test for identifying enemies. Hall met these words with applause.

“No one has any doubt that Crimea is Ukrainian, and we will return it, since we have such leaders as Mustafa Dzhemilev,” the Porroshenko noted.

Mustafa Dzhemilev thanked the President for the kind words addressed to him.

“Well, I understand that even if a person is bad, on his Birthday and at the commemoration people say only good words, but I have no doubt that the spoken words were sincere,” Dzhemilev said ironically.

He noted that all his life he tried to live according to his moral principles and did not commit any heroic deed, but only tried to fulfill his civic and moral duty.

According to Dzhemilev, the Crimean Tatar people made a significant contribution to the struggle against the communist regime, but today it has faced a regime "that is much worse than the Soviet one."

“At the end of February 2014, events occurred that put in jeopardy the achievements of our people. I am very pleased that there were very few traitors among our compatriots, and yesterday we identified them at the Qurultay meeting. A few weeks ago, addressing the activists, I said that it is now forbidden to die, and the one who dies before the liberation of the Crimea is a deserter. I hope that I will not become such a deserter and live to see the day when Crimea will be freed from the invaders.”

It is worth noting that on November 13, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev celebrated his 75th birthday.

The Order of Freedom is the state award of Ukraine for distinguishing the merits of citizens in asserting the sovereignty and independence of the country, consolidating Ukrainian society, and developing democracy.
 
Earlier, QHA reported that Mustafa Dzhemilev asked not to present him with gifts for his birthday, but to transfer money to the account of the charitable organization "Crimea Foundation" to help the children of the Crimean political prisoners.

Dzhemilev recalled that 113 young children are being raised in families without their fathers, who were illegally deprived of freedom by the Russian occupation regime.

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