On Thursday, May, 18 at 11:30 in Novooleksiivka, Kherson region, events are held to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944.

Representatives of rural, settlement, city and local Mejlises gathered in places of Crimean Tatars compact living.

People came to the event with Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian flags.

An organized automobile column with Crimean Tatar flags headed for Genichesk. Thanks to the representatives of the authorities of Kherson Regional State Administration, a wagon like those used to deport Crimean Tatars in 1944 was driven at the venue of memorial rally as a reminder of those tragic events 73 years ago.

“For me, this wagon is a wagon of humiliation, insults and helplessness of my people. My uncle was born in that wagon, because my grandmother in the last pregnancy month was pushed into one. She gave birth to a child and called him Sabr that means “patience”.

Today this wagon is symbolic not only for the Crimean Tatars, but for all peoples. This is a symbol of opposition. We must return home and prevent other peoples from exercising fascism in our land!”, Vice-president of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatar People, coordinator of the Civil Blockade of the Crimea Lenur Islyamov said.

Performance reproducing events of the night on May 18, 1944 was shown.

At 12:00 participants of the action honored the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide with a minute of silence and car horns honks.
Archpriest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate and Novooleksiivka Imam prayed for the perished victims of the Crimean Tatar deportation.

Automobile column continues moving to Genichesk

Several hundred people have already come to mourning rally in Genichesk. They hold in their hands posters with slogans “Gang go out from Crimea”, “Freedom for political hostages," “Freedom for FSB prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz”, “Kyrymli, brothers, hang in”, “Crimea will be freed”, ”Defend Ukraine and free Crimea”, as well as photographs of the Kremlin political prisoners.

Reference: May 18, 1944, deportation of Crimean Tatars began in the Crimea. Soviet power accused the whole nation of cooperation with Nazi Germany during World War II. Thousands of Crimean Tatars were taken to Central Asia. During the trip and the first year of exile, more than 30,000 people died from hunger and disease. Crimean Tatars were allowed to return to their homeland in the Crimea only in 1989.

On November 12, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution recognizing the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. In October 2016 Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated the investigation into the deportation of the Crimean Tatars.