The day will come when Crimea will return to Ukraine – Volodymyr Zelenskyy

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy 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 in the  framework of 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 ordeal of your people. And in the future, there will be only happy dawns in your history,” the Head of State said.

As reminded by the President of Ukraine, 75 years ago, the Soviet regime committed a terrible crime – deportation of Crimean Tatars from the peninsula. And in 2014, the disaster returned. And today, in the 21st century, Russia again brings 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.