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Ukraine marks 1944 deportation of Crimea's Tatars

Ukraine marks 1944 deportation of Crimea's Tatars from region once again under Russian control

Crimean Tatars  leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, right, takes part in the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean ...
Crimean Tatars leader Mustafa Dzhemilev takes part in the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples f...
A Crimean Tatar prays during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula in Kiev...
People gather during a mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula in Kiev, Ukraine,...
Ukrainians shout slogans during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula in K...
Ukrainians shout slogans during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula in K...
Crimean Tatars shout slogans during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula ...
Crimean Tatars shout slogans during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula ...

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Crimean Tatars leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, right, takes part in the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean ...

Ukraine

Crimean Tatars leader Mustafa Dzhemilev takes part in the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples f...

Ukraine

A Crimean Tatar prays during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula in Kiev...

Ukraine

People gather during a mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula in Kiev, Ukraine,...

Ukraine

Ukrainians shout slogans during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula in K...

Ukraine

Ukrainians shout slogans during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula in K...

Ukraine

Crimean Tatars shout slogans during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula ...

Ukraine

Crimean Tatars shout slogans during the mourning rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean peoples from the peninsula ...

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Several hundred people have marched in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, to commemorate the brutal deportation 70 years ago of Crimea's entire population of Tatars.

Many Tatars later returned to Crimea. They strongly supported the new Ukrainian government and opposed Russia's annexation of the peninsula in March.

While the Kiev rally proceeded without incident, the new Kremlin-backed leaders of Crimea banned Sunday's main rally in the Crimean capital, Simferopol. Some Tatars instead gathered near a mosque on the city outskirts.

In May 1944, shortly after Soviet troops drove German forces from Crimea, Josef Stalin accused the Tatars of collaborating with the enemy and ordered their deportation. About 250,000 Tatars were shipped in freight trains to Central Asia, where more than 40 percent died of hunger and disease.


Updated : 2021-02-27 03:33 GMT+08:00