President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of commemorating the Holodomor victims in Ukraine
National museum “Memorial to the victims of famine in Ukraine”, the President and heads of public authorities participated in sorrowful procession and placed the compositions of grain to the sculpture “The bitter memories of childhood”. The Heads of the Ukrainian Churches said a common prayer to honor the memory of the Holodomor victims. Petro Poroshenko proclaimed the nationwide moment of silence after which the participants of the ceremony placed the oil lamps to the memorial sign “Candle of memories”. Thee Nationwide Action “Light the Candle!” has begun. Ukrainians all over the world will light the candles today.
Addressing the participants, the President emphasized that Holodomor tragedy would have never happened in Ukraine if it had been an independent and democratic state. “Such disasters like genocide are a feature of dictatorship and totalitarianism. It will never happen again in Ukraine, which has chosen the European path,” the Head of State said.
Petro Poroshenko noted that Holodomor had been preceded by thousands of rebellions against collective slavery in which hundreds of thousands and even millions of Ukrainians had taken part. “Why such a huge army did not overcome Bolshevism? Lack of coordination! Distrust! Lack of unity! Today, the enemy again tries to divide us, make us quarrel, spread discord and hatred among us. Today, we need unity more than ever. I believe that we can learn the lessons of the past. They shouldn’t hope to conquer Ukraine again – we’ve become strong, wise and we will fight back,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Kyiv CSA Head Vitaliy Klitschko, heads of public authorities, MPs, diplomats, mass media heads.
Also, the measure was attended by the first and the second presidents of independent Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and Leonid Kuchma, as well as member of the Civic Committee for Commemorating the Holodomor-genocide victims of 1932-1933 in Ukraine Ihor Yukhnovskyi.