Every year, on the last Saturday of November, a terrible guest comes to the memory and heart of each of us - a remembrance of inhumane crimes that killed millions of Ukrainians.
On this day, the soul of our mother Ukraine burns with unbearable pain, and tears tremble in her eyes.
This day is today. Holodomor Victims Remembrance Day.
We honor our ancestors, remember the black pages of history and the years that scarred the hearts of our people.
1921, 1922 and 1923. 1946 and 1947. And some of the worst - 1932 and 1933.
The Holodomor, which was recognized as genocide against our people by the totalitarian Stalinist regime, resulted in deaths of millions of Ukrainians. These are losses comparable to those suffered by Ukraine in World War II.
How can one seek to destroy an entire nation? Why and for what?
We will never be able to understand this. We will never be able to forget this. We will never be able to forgive this.
Today, at 4 pm, we will all join the nationwide moment of silence and light a candle of remembrance in our windows.
Let these candles warm the souls of the dead.
The souls of innocent victims of the Holodomor.
Women, men, children.
The souls of millions of Ukrainians.
May the memory of them live forever!