President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych appealed to his compatriots in connection with the 69th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars and the people of other nationalities from Crimea.

"Nearly seven decades ago, the totalitarian regime launched a brutal crackdown against Crimean Tatars, who were forcibly moved to Central Asia, Siberia and the Urals. Members of other ethnic groups, who long inhabited the Crimean peninsula, in particular Armenians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Germans and Italians, had the same tragic fate," the statement on the President’s official website reads.

Yanukovych stressed that these people managed to preserve their identity, culture and language in appalling conditions of exile.

"Ukrainian state, despite the economic difficulties, will continue addressing issues related to the resettlement of returnees and their descendants," the President assured.

"I am convinced that we will be able to build a strong and democratic Ukraine and make the Crimean land really prosperous only in unity, civil peace and interethnic accord," Yanukovych concluded.


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