Crimean Tatars National Flag Day in Ukraine
Crimean Tatars National Flag Day in Ukraine is held on June 26. This event in the third decade of the month June is annual. Help us
Crimean Tatars are indigenous people of Turkic origin formed on the Crimean Peninsula and in the steppe areas of Ukraine.
They have survived three occupations. First in 1783 when the Crimean Khanate was annexed by the Russian Empire. This resulted in many Crimean Tatars fleeing to the territory of the Ottoman Empire during the late 18th to early 19th century.
The second deportation of Crimean Tatars took place in 1944, organised by the Soviet government. Then, on 18 May and during several following days, over 191 thousand people were deported to Central Asia and some north-eastern regions of Russia. According to different estimations, the deportation took lives of from one-third to half of the Crimean Tatar population of that time.
Having returned home after the deportation as Ukraine had become independent, Crimean Tatars were forced to leave their land again due to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014.
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