Nationwide events dedicated to the Holodomor Remembrance Day will take place in 32 countries around the world. The memorial events were held at 2:30 pm near the National Memorial of Holodomor victims in Kyiv with the participation of Holodomor witnesses, government leaders, representatives of the clergy and the public.
A nationwide minute of silence and the campaign "Light a Candle of Memory" are to be held at 4 pm.
President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Marina Poroshenko have already paid tribute to the victims of the 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine - genocide against the Ukrainian people. President and his wife laid the composition of wheat ears and viburnums to the memorial to Holodomor victims at St. Michael's Square in Kyiv and observed a minute of silence in their memory.
Ukrainian President also delivered his speech.
"Genocide of the '30s is a direct consequence of the loss of the statehood in the '20s. Politicians at that time, competing among themselves, did not notice the black cloud that was moving from the north. History is not a teacher; it does not teach, but only punishes for ignorance. If Ukraine had saved its independence, we would not have had any Holodomor. The killings and repression have not given the desired results, and then Moscow decided to eliminate peasants and intellectuals of Ukraine. We must know and have no right to forget the truth. Verkhovna Rada adopted the decision to recognized Holodomor as genocide 10 years ago. But prior to this, independent Ukraine was unable to recognize this tragedy for 15 years. Apologists for the non-recognition of the Holodomor live in Moscow. The events of 1932 and 1933 partly broke the nation, but have not broken it completely. Now Ukraine confidently defends its freedom and the freedom of Europe. We must preserve a unified and independent Ukraine. Glory to Ukraine!
Gayana Yuksel, Director of the Crimean News agency and a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, stressed the importance of the 26 November memory event for the Crimean Tatars in her message posted on Facebook.
"November 26. The Day of memory of victims of the 1932-1933 Holodomor that killed thousands and thousands of Ukrainians. In Crimea, in 1930s, there was also a famine - achlyk, whose victims were mostly Crimean Tatars ... We remember everything!" she wrote.
In the twentieth century, Ukrainians survived three famines: 1921-1923, 1932-1933, and 1946-1947. However, the biggest was the 1932-1933 Holodomor - genocide of the Ukrainian people - carried out by the totalitarian communist regime of the USSR. It was preceded by forced collectivization of farms, dispossession of peasants, grain procurement campaign and mass terror in the countryside.
PHOTO: official website of the President of Ukraine, QHA