President Viktor Yushchenko on Friday attended a presentation of Oksana Bilozir’s music video devoted to Ukraine’s Great Famine of 1932-1933, A Candle, president's press office reported.

“I really want the Ukrainian nation to have a big heart on these days,” he said and added that Ukraine would be commemorating the victims of the Soviet-era famine next week.

Yushchenko urged all Ukrainians to appreciate the scale of all hardships survived by their ancestors and spare no effort to preserve the memory of these people. He called on each citizen to light a candle next week to honor the innocent victims of the Holodomor.

He said the Holodomor recognition process was not easy, both abroad and in Ukraine. “I am surprised and it hurts me that the recognition path the Ukrainian nation is walking is very difficult. […] It is sad that the international community does not know many facts about the events of 1932-1933 but it is even more sad that the nation does not want to know about it. […] This scar in our morality, in our spirituality and humaneness will remain for many generations,” he said.

The president said we must learn the truth about the famine and added this would not be easy.

He then thanked the authors and organizers of the presentation and also Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine’s first president, as the country’s first Holodomor monument was unveiled during his presidency, in 1992.


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