President Viktor Yushchenko observed one minute of silence and laid a wreath on the Holodomor Cross in the village of Pokotylivka in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region on Tuesday, president's press office reported.

In his speech, Yushchenko said it was important to restore the historical truth about the country’s Soviet-era famines. “Time demands that we honor the historical truth, with no wrath but in sorrow,” he said and added that the Ukrainian people’s appreciation of those tragic events was a test showing whether Ukrainians will ever become a real nation.

The president said Holodomor monuments should be erected in each Ukrainian region hit by the famine. “It hurts me there are districts in Kharkiv region where no Holodomor memorial has been unveiled,” he said, calling this fact “unacceptable” and adding that most Ukrainians starved to death in this region.

Yushchenko then urged all Ukrainians not to be indifferent to the ordeals survived by their fellow citizens.


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