The losses of Ukraine from the Holodomor of 1932-1933 are comparable to the losses in World War II. These are pages of Ukrainian history that cannot be forgotten, as stated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the events commemorating the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine near the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide.
"There are pages in our history that are very painful to recall, still they cannot be forgotten. Crimes that prove that violence and cynicism have no limits. Disasters that a normal person will not wish even on his enemies. Tragedies so great that humanity has not yet invented words to describe the pain that Ukrainians have experienced. Today we honor the memory of the victims of the Holodomor, a crime of genocide committed by the totalitarian Stalinist regime against our people, the people of Ukraine,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The President noted that there was a lot of research on the Holodomor today, archival documents had been revealed, dozens of books had been written and numerous films had been made.
"However, the huge amount of facts and evidence still gives no answer to the simple question either to the mind or to the heart: “For what?” How can a thought of eliminating the whole nation emerge? How can one take away the last crumb of bread and the last crumb of hope. Hope that you or at least your children will live until the next morning,” the Head of State said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that, according to various studies, four to eight million Ukrainians died from the Holodomor of 1932-1933, which is comparable to the loss of Ukraine in World War II.
“We are Ukrainians. And we can do everything. But there are two things we can never do. We cannot forget it. And we cannot forgive it. Today, Ukraine and the entire civilized world pray for the innocent victims of this horrific crime against our people. Today, Ukrainians will light candles in their windows. Let them warm the souls of all the deceased. Eternal memory to them,” the President said, announcing a nationwide moment of silence.