This was stated by leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev at the Value based conflicts and Violence Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.
"The struggle of the Crimean Tatars was long and persistent, but ultimately successful. Hundreds of people served terms in jails and forced labor camps, some of them lost their lives in prison cells. Many people who sought to return to their homeland have never seen it and were buried abroad," he said.
However, Dzhemilev stressed that the Crimean Tatars returned to their homeland without spilling a single drop of someone else's blood.
"The people who finally returned to their homeland after spending half a century in exile were again forced to leave Crimea and move to mainland Ukraine due to the pressure and reprisals," he summed up.
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