Turkey’s Ambassador to Kiev Yağmur Ahmet Güldere, the leader of the Crimean Tatar Turks and the Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Kirimoglu, the President of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly (KTMM) Rifat Chubarov, religious leaders and Muslims in Ukraine attended the iftar program at the Crimean Muslims Center, Russia-Ukraine A minute’s silence was held for the Ukrainian soldiers who lost their lives in the war.
President of Ukraine Zelenskiy, in his speech here, expressed his pleasure to participate in the program and said, “Respect and guaranteed diversity are part of the characteristic of an independent Ukraine.”
Reminding that the war continues in his country, Zelenskiy said that the territorial integrity problems in Ukraine started with Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea:
“There is no alternative for Crimea but to be liberated from occupation. There is no alternative for Crimea, not only for Ukraine, but for the whole world, but for Crimea to be freed from occupation.”
“Peace will return to the world”
Accusing Russia of “violating human rights” in Crimea, Zelenskiy said, “We will return to Crimea, and then peace will return to the world because the aggressor will also lose.”
The leader of the Crimean Tatar Turks and the Deputy of Ukraine, Kirimoglu, expressed his satisfaction with Zelenskiy’s participation in the iftar program despite the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Reminding that Zelenskiy gave instructions to make the holidays of Muslims into official holidays a few months after he took office as President of Ukraine, Kırmızıoğlu expressed his gratitude to Zelenskiy.
The soldiers on duty at the front were given a state order
He added that they expect the reaction of the international community to increase against Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
“I believe that we will liberate Crimea and all our lands under enemy occupation,” he said.
In the program, Zelenskiy awarded a state medal to some soldiers who served at the front in the Russia-Ukraine War.