Poroshenko assured the de-occupation of Crimea: the Thief will be punished

Ukraine will return the Crimea annexed by Russia.

This was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a speech in the Requiem in commemoration of victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, reported the press service of the head of state.

“Crimea is Ukraine and Ukraine is Europe. Part of the civilized world that values human dignity and sovereign rights of peoples. I am sure the de-occupation of Crimea. I believe in the punishment of criminals. The country thief will be forced to return the stolen”, – said Poroshenko, noting that a week ago, the Constitutional Commission adopted the decision on creation of working group on elaboration of proposals of changes and amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine concerning the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

According to the President, filling the autonomy of Crimea by the Russian content was a big mistake, “the price of this miscalculation was too high,” since the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea in 2014, Russia is an authoritarian “new undeclared, cowardly disguised deportation”.

“The ban on the activities of the Mejlis in the Crimea, which was condemned by the international Court of justice, arrests and torture, harassment of ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, the complete disappearance of people – only a few touches to the portrait of the interim criminal self-proclaimed so-called Crimean “authorities”, – he added.

At the same time, the Ukrainian President noted that the sacred right of Crimean Tatars to live freely in their native land will be restored finally and irrevocably “by all possible means and mechanisms that are acceptable in a civilized world.”

“Today we celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars from their historical homeland – Crimea. Remember with sympathy and other ethnic groups of the Crimea, who suffered from this test: the Germans, Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, Karaites and others”, – he stressed.

“The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine rightly recognized the 1944 deportation as genocide and declared may 18 as the Day of memory of victims of genocide of Crimean Tatar people. Deportation – a crime without a Statute of limitations, and criminals who coolly planned campaign of genocide not eligible for forgiveness. Terrible memories of witnesses on the deportation and later in life in those appalling conditions, which prepared them for the Soviet government, can leave no one indifferent, no matter how much time has passed”, – assured the President.

Recall, may 18, in Ukraine honored the memory of victims of deportation of Crimean Tatars. On the occasion of these tragic days today at 18:00 at the Independence square in Kiev will begin a memorial meeting.