"In close cooperation with representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, we have made up a list of 160 persons who personally and whose family members underwent a forced deportation from the territory of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic by representatives of the Soviet government in 1944," the statement reads.
The prosecutor's office has already agreed the procedure of the interrogation of these people in the territory of the Kherson region, the formalities of their arrival and a package of necessary documents.
"Right now, measures are being taken in order to engage the Security Service of Ukraine to carry out certain investigative actions given their experience in probing similar cases (the Holodomor case)," the PGO noted.
In addition, 300 scientific libraries across Ukraine will be asked to provide materials (documents, publications, scientific articles) on the 1944 deportation for the purpose of conducting a scientific and demographic examination as part of the probe.
As is known, tens of thousands of Crimean Tatars were forcibly deported to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and other Asian regions in a mere three days in May 1944.