On May 18, 2023, we commemorate the 79th anniversary of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. On this day, the whole world honors the memory of the victims of this terrible crime and expresses its solidarity with the Crimean Tatars who live on the territory of Ukraine and beyond.
But why is the 1944 deportation a genocide of the Crimean Tatar people?
The purpose of this criminal act was the destruction of an entire nation. In total, about 238,500 people were affected by the deportation, and 46.2% of all deportees died in the first years of exile. In addition, the Soviet authorities did everything to destroy the language, culture, history and traditions of the Crimean Tatar people.