Zelensky Says Crimea Will Return to Ukraine
The Ukrainian President addressed members of the Crimean Tatar diaspora in Turkey
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky expressed confidence that the temporarily occupied Crimea would return under the control of the Ukrainian authorities. He stated this during a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar communities of the Turkish Republic during an official visit to Turkey.
“I know for sure that the day will come when Crimea will return to Ukraine and the united Crimean Tatar families will gather at one table. And the song ‘Ey Güzel Qırım will only be heard as a long-standing memory of all the ordeals of your people. And in the future, there will be only happy dawns in your history,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky mentioned that 75 years ago the Soviet regime committed a terrible crime with the deportation of Crimean Tatars from the peninsula. And in 2014, the disaster returned. And, in the 21st century, Russia again is bringing pain and grief to the Crimean land, resorting to shameful repression.
“Many Crimean Tatars were forced to leave their home again. And those who remained suffer from arrests, searches and constant oppression: from the ban on holding rallies on May 18 and honoring the memory of the victims of deportation to the attempts to ignore you in full, when in public rhetoric of local authorities and mass media it is constantly said ‘Tatars’ deliberately missing the word ‘Crimean,’ neglecting your identity,” he emphasized.