Ukraine’s top officials commemorate Babyn Yar massacre victims

Ukraine’s top officials commemorate Babyn Yar massacre victims

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky honored the memory of the Babyn Yar tragedy victims on the day of the 79th anniversary of the mass execution of civilians by the Nazis in Kyiv.

The Head of State laid flowers at the monument to citizens and prisoners of war shot by the Nazis in Babyn Yar, President’s press service informs.

The ceremony was also attended by Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak.

"We bow our heads to all the victims of Babyn Yar. And we have no right to forget these terrible crimes. Never again," Volodymyr Zelensky stressed.

In the presence of the President, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko and Member of the Supervisory Board of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation. The document was signed at the site of the future memorial immediately after the ceremony of honoring the victims of the Babyn Yar tragedy.

According to the memorandum, the preservation and restoration of the memory of the Babyn Yar tragedy as a symbol of the Holocaust and other tragedies of World War II is an integral part of the memory of the Jewish people, the national memory of the Ukrainian people and other peoples of the world who became victims and witnesses of the Nazi regime crimes.

The parties to the memorandum called for the joint efforts of Ukrainian society, the state, the international community and organizations involved in the study of the Holocaust and the Babyn Yar tragedy aimed at preserving and restoring historical memory so that it becomes a constant reminder of the price people pay for peace.


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