President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that deportation of Crimean Tatars is a crime without a statute of limitations. Forcible eviction has become one of the most infamous and criminal special operations of the totalitarian communist regime of the Soviet Union, as stated by the President.
“Today, we commemorate the 73rd anniversary of deportation of Crimean Tatars from their historic homeland – Crimea. We remember with compassion other ethnic groups of Crimea that faced this challenge: Germans, Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, Karaites and others,” the President said during his speech in the requiem for the victims of deportation of Crimean Tatars.
According to him, the Verkhovna Rada has reasonably recognized deportation of 1944 an act of genocide and proclaimed May 18 the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Genocide of the Crimean Tatar People, as forced eviction was one of the most infamous and criminal special operations of the totalitarian communist regime of the Soviet Union.
“Deportation is a crime without a statute of limitations and criminals who cold-bloodedly planned this act of genocide are not eligible for forgiveness,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The President noted that horrifying memories of witnesses about deportation and future life in those terrible conditions provided by the Soviet leadership leave no indifferent people no matter how much time has passed. However, the freedom-loving nation has returned to the native Crimea.
The Head of State stressed that we have been building independent Ukraine together. At the same time, he noted that exclusively Russian content of the Crimean autonomy has been a big mistake and the price of it turned out to be too high.
“In 2014, shortly before the seventieth anniversary of deportation, post-Soviet but still authoritarian Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimea. Thousands of Crimean Tatars were forced to leave their home again. Invaders do everything to squeeze the freedom-loving people out of their native land. Isn’t it a new undeclared, deviously hidden deportation?” the President noted.
The Head of State recalled the ban of the Mejlis in Crimea, which has already been condemned by the UN International Court of Justice. He recalled arrests and torture, oppression of ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, disappearance of people without a trace. “These are only a few touches to the portrait of the self-proclaimed interim criminal Crimean so-called "leadership",” he said.
“The sacred right of Crimean Tatars to live freely on their native land will be restored – finally and irreversibly. Due to all possible means and mechanisms approved in a civilized world,” Petro Poroshenko assured.
The Head of State reminded that a week ago, the Constitutional Commission, pursuant to his instruction, has adopted a decision to establish a working group on the elaboration of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine as regards the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. “We are making the first steps in the creation of the national autonomy of Crimean Tatars in Crimea. Certainly, this autonomy will fully take into account equal rights and freedoms of Ukrainians, ethnic Russians and representatives of all other ethnicities living on the peninsula,” he stressed.
"Crimea is Ukraine, and Ukraine is Europe. Part of the civilized world that values human dignity and sovereign rights of nations," he said.
The Head of State emphasized: “I believe in de-occupation of Crimea. I am confident that criminals will be punished. The country-criminal will be forced to return stolen”.
The President noted that Ukraine has finally abandoned the post-Soviet past, becomes part of single European civilization. He reminded that yesterday in Strasbourg, the process of granting the right to visa-free travel to the EU countries for Ukrainians was finally completed. “The night of June 11 will be the beginning of a new era,” the President said.
Petro Poroshenko is confident the European progress of Ukraine will be another important factor of return of the occupied territories under Ukrainian sovereignty.
The Head of State also recalled the legal evaluation of the occupation of Crimea by the UN International Court of Justice. “We have recently got a preliminary legal assessment by the UN ICJ. Ukraine filed this lawsuit. It was accepted by the UN ICJ and preventive measures have already been taken,” the President said.
Petro Poroshenko also thanked People's Artist of Ukraine Jamala who brought the Eurovision Song Contest to Ukraine and added that Europe and the world had an opportunity to see Ukraine.