New research shows about 200,000 people were killed in Babyn Yar - Zelensky

New research shows about 200,000 people were killed in Babyn Yar - Zelensky

It is still unknown how many people the Nazis executed in Babyn Yar, but new research shows that they killed about 200,000 people, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.

He said this in his speech at events marking the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy in Kyiv on Wednesday, October 6, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

Zelensky said that in the first two days, the Nazis executed 33,771 Jews in Babyn Yar, mostly the elderly, women and children over the age of three. Infants were killed without even counting, he said. "A Nazi plane was circling over the ravine day and night, the noise of which drowned out the shots. But it could not drown out the terrible moan, which, according to eyewitnesses, was heard over Babyn Yar for several more days, and the ground shook from the convulsions of those buried alive," Zelensky said.

According to him, in the next two years, the Nazis executed almost the entire Jewish population of Kyiv in Babyn Yar, and then killed Roma, Ukrainians, prisoners of war and lawbreakers.

"How many were left to lie here forever? Nobody can tell exactly today. The Nuremberg trials mentioned the figure of about 100,000 people. Today, new research says there were probably about 200,000 people," Zelensky said.

Zelensky, Israeli President Isaac Herzog, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier took part in ceremonial events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv on October 6.

Photo credit: President's Office

Let’s get started read our news at facebook messenger > > > Click here for subscribe

While citing and using any materials on the Internet, links to the website not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. In addition, citing the translated materials of foreign media outlets is possible only if there is a link to the website and to the website of a foreign media outlet. Citing and using materials in offline media, mobile apps, Smart TV are allowed only with written permission from Ukrinform. News and publications marked as "Advertisement" and "PR" and articles in the section "Releases" include promoted content, and an advertiser is responsible for the content.

© 2015-2021 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Website design Studio Laconica

Extended searchHide extended search
By period: