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PM at Babi Yar, "Attempts by various radical forces to incite ethnic hatred in Ukraine are doomed to failure"
29.09.2015 | 13:10
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

On Tuesday, 29 September, on the 74th anniversary of the Baby Yar massacre, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, members of the Government of Ukraine and members of the public, national associations, diplomatic corps, church leaders participated in the commemoration ceremony of the Babi Yar victims.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has pointed out that the Babi Yar ravine is the place of one of the world's most terrible tragedies: "Where Jews were killed because they were Jews. Where Ukrainians, Roma, Poles were killed. Where the Nazis just destroyed human dignity and human life due to their imperial ambitions."

"We honor and we remember. And we as the Ukrainian government will never allow again such tragedies and harshly repress any attempt of anti-Semitism, racial hatred, mockery of the rights and freedoms of man and of the citizen," the Prime Minister underlined.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has stressed that "attempts by various radical forces to incite ethnic hatred in Ukraine are doomed to failure."

He has emphasised that now cases of vandalism at the Babi Yar are being investigated. The Prime Minister has informed that there will be increased security measures, installed CCTV and operate extra patrols.

"This holy place is protected and will be protected by the Ukrainian authorities. And anyone who tries to commit vandalism of the memory will be punished," said the Prime Minister.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has reminded that next year will be the 75th anniversary of the horrible tragedy in Babi Yar. He informed that the Government along with the President of Ukraine made a decision on creation of the organizing committee on preparation for the commemoration of the Babi Yar tragedy at the international level.

The Prime Minister has also said that on Tuesday he will hold a meeting of a working group that will begin preparatory work on the organization of memorial events commemorating the victims of Babi Yar in Ukraine and across the world in 2016.


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