The press service of President reported that Victor Yushchenko has caught a chill and could not lay a wreath on the memorial of victims lost in Babiy Yar personally.
On behalf of President Yushchenko the wreath was placed by Speaker of Verkhovna Rada Vladimir Litvin. Adam Martynuk the deputy Speaker, Stanislav Stashevsky the First Vice-Premier, Vyacheslav Kirilenko Vice-Premier on Humanitarian Questions, Boris Tarasuk Foreign Minister, Alexander Omelchenko Kiev Mayor, John Herbst US Ambassador to Ukraine and other officials took part in the ceremony.
Addressing the nation, the Head of State stressed that the Babiy Yar tragedy had been painfully echoing in our hearts. He noted that the Babiy Yar massacre and the mass famine were “equally tragic pages of Ukraine’s history.”
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