The head of the EU delegation in Ukraine, Jan Tombinski, congratulated the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, on Jamala’s victory at Eurovision 2016, with the performance of the song "1944" dedicated to the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by Soviet authorities in 1944. “I didn’t watch the Eurovision contest but I have already congratulated our friends from the Crimean Tatar organizations, Mr. Chubarov, on Jamala’s success,” Tombinski said.
He added that Ukraine’s victory confirms that the “truth cannot be kept quiet,” in particular, the truth concerning the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944.
“It is a part of the dramatic Ukrainian history of the 20th century. And it is very good that a song can be an instrument to tell the truth not only to Ukrainians but also to Europe,” the Ambassador believes.
According to him, virtually no one in other countries knows about these dramatic events in Ukraine.
“It’s very good to use all elements to show our friends in France, Italy, and Germany the complicated history of this part of Europe,” Tombinski noted.