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“A brave, worthy, strong man”: Zelensky awarded Mustafa Dzhemilev the title of Hero of Ukraine (video)

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President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky had a meeting with leader of the Crimean Tatar people, human rights activist, people’s deputy of Ukraine, Nobel Prize nominee, outstanding political and public figure Mustafa Dzhemilevwho turns 80 today. This was reported by the presidential press service.

The head of state congratulated Mustafa Dzhemilev on his anniversary and thanked him for defending the interests of our state and his fight for the rights of the Crimean Tatars.


“I want to thank you for being together in this fight. I wish you much health to see our just victory, the restoration of territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Ukraine. Crimea is Ukraine”– said Vladimir Zelensky and added that it is very nice to congratulate you on the anniversary personally.

For his outstanding personal contribution to the formation and development of the independent Ukrainian state, courage and dedication in defending the rights of the Crimean Tatar people, and many years of fruitful political and social activity, the President awarded Mustafa Dzhemilev the title of Hero of Ukraine and awarded the Order of the State.


“Today Mustafa Dzhemilev turned 80 years old. I congratulated him, thanked him for defending freedom and the Crimean Tatar people and awarded him the title of Hero of Ukraine. A strong, worthy, brave man. A life dedicated to defending the freedom of nations. He wished what we all wish: victory for Ukraine and freedom for all parts of our state. And we are doing everything to bring the liberation of Crimea closer.”– Zelensky wrote on Telegram.

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people said that it was an honor for him to receive the highest distinction, because after two years of a full-scale war, it is given to soldiers who, at the cost of their lives, defend the freedom, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.


“Under these circumstances, this award means a lot to me. This is at the same time great moral support for our compatriots, who have been under occupation for ten years now.”– he noted.

Mustafa Dzhemilev thanked the president for all the important work carried out with his support towards protecting the rights of the Crimean Tatars.

“Your words that this war cannot be ended until the last square meter of our territory is liberated inspire confidence that we will gain freedom. Today I am already 80 years old, and I have one more dream on this earth: to return to my homeland and be buried on my land. And your firm position in relation to our territorial integrity gives confidence that this will definitely come true. Thank you for this high award. Glory to Ukraine!” – said Mustafa Dzhemilev.

As FACTS wrote, one of the founders of the Initiative Group for the Protection of Human Rights in the USSR was put on trial seven times for his political views and anti-Soviet activities. In total, he spent fifteen years in prison. He protested even there – in 1975 his hunger strike lasted ten months…


Author: Ivan MOZGOVOY, “FACTS”

Source: Fakty

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