President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko took part in the ceremony commemorating the victims of political repressions on the territory of the National Historical Memorial Preserve "Bykivnia Graves".
"Today, we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the mass political repressions of 1937-1938. Because of the incomprehensibly large scale that cannot be accurately identified so far, this crime of the communist totalitarian regime is called the Great Terror," Petro Poroshenko said during his speech at the events on the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression.
"In Ukraine, this crime was a logical extension of the Holodomor. Famine killed Ukrainian peasants. NKVD bullets killed political, cultural, scientific elite. In such a combined way, they carried out denationalization, eradicated Ukrainians," the Head of State emphasized.
"Bykivnia Forest is a place of common memory of Ukrainian, Polish and other nations. Bowing heads and putting flowers to the memorials in the places of unnamed fraternal burials, on the ground, where, together with Ukrainians, thousands of Polish patriots, representatives of other nationalities were killed at Stalin's order, we declare: "We, Ukrainians, stand in solidarity with all the nations who have suffered from crimes of totalitarian regimes. We are determined to cooperate in overcoming the consequences of totalitarianism," the Head of State emphasized.
The participants of the event honored the victims of political repression with a moment of silence.