On the 82nd anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy honored the memory of the victims of Nazi mass shootings of civilians in occupied Kyiv during World War II.
The Head of State placed a lamp near the "Menorah" memorial sign on the territory of the National Historical Memorial Preserve Babyn Yar.
Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak, Righteous Among the Nations Vasyl Nazarenko, relatives and descendants of Babyn Yar victims, the Righteous Among the Nations, former ghetto prisoners, and survivors of Nazi concentration camps, as well as rabbis, also participated in paying tribute to the memory of the executed Jews and other victims of the Nazis.
Representatives of Jewish religious organizations recited a memorial prayer.
"Thank you for finding the opportunity to be here today, commemorating the memory of the victims of Babyn Yar, Nazi repression, and the Holocaust. I thank the Jewish religious representatives who prayed for the memory of the Babyn Yar victims," the President said during his interaction with the event participants.
Zelenskyy acknowledged the heroism of the Righteous Among the Nations.
"It is very important to always remember history, not to forget. Because 'Never again!' is not empty words," the Head of State emphasized.
On behalf of the President, flower baskets were also placed at the monument to citizens executed by the Nazis in Babyn Yar, as well as at the monuments to Ukrainian writer Olena Teliha and the Roma people executed by the Nazis.