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Ukraine Wants International Community To Recognize 1944 Deportation Of Crimean Tatars As Genocide – OpEd

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On the 78th anniversary of Stalin’s deportation of the Crimean Tatars, the Ukrainian foreign ministry called on the international community to recognize that that action was a genocide and also to support Ukraine’s efforts to reverse Putin’s Anschluss of their homeland in 2014 and the repressions the occupiers continue to inflict on the Crimean Tatars.

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In passionate language, the ministry declared that “the Russian Federation must bear international-legal responsibility for all the crimes against humanity on the territory of Ukraine including in Crimea” (unian.net/politics/mid-ukrainy-prizyvaet-mir-priznat-genocidom-deportaciyu-krymskih-tatar-v-1944-godu-novosti-ukraina-11831559.html).

 That declaration was followed by a statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who noted that when the Crimean Tatars were deported, neither they nor others thought they would be able to return and yet they have done so. Now, Moscow has again occupied their lands and many do not expect that to be reversed (t.me/V_Zelenskiy_official/1685).

But despite that, the Ukrainian leader said, Ukraine has withstood the onslaught from Russia. And now we are fighting “to bring life back to every corner of our homeland,” again including Crimea, the homeland of the Crimean Tatars. Let everyone know that “we shall return,” and the Crimean Tatars will get the justice they deserve.

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

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