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Zelenskyy pins hope on Erdogan for Crimean Tatars' return from Russian captivity

Zelenskyy pins hope on Erdogan for Crimean Tatars' return from Russian captivity President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that he relies on his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, regarding the return of Crimean Tatars from Russian captivity, according to the joint press conference of Zelenskyy and Erdogan.

The head of the Ukrainian state notes that so far no one has been able to return Crimean Tatars from Russian captivity. Before the full-scale invasion of our country, only a few people were able to be returned, but the majority remained in captivity.

According to Zelenskyy, he sees no possibility for any world leader to return Crimean Tatars from captivity.

"I arrived today (to Türkiye - ed.) with an updated list, and the pain is that it's being updated, that there are more of them on the list. Unfortunately, they are not returning home. Here I rely on President Erdogan. I am sure that he can do this, or at least try," Zelenskyy says.

What preceded

Recently the representation of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported that the Russian occupation authorities of Crimea conducted searches in the homes of Crimean Tatar activists and religious figures.

As a result of the raids, the occupiers illegally detained and imprisoned ten Crimean Tatars.

All Crimean Tatars are illegally charged under Article 205.5 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (organization of terrorist organization activities and participation in such activities).