Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill has said that the famine should be seen as a common historical tragedy, both for Russians and Ukrainians, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"This [famine] was a common sorrow for all of the people, who lived in one country at that time," he said after visiting, along with Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko, the monument to famine victims in Kyiv on Monday.

The patriarch called on all believers to pray that a similar tragedy never happens again and that "nothing from these tragic events in our history is seen as an obstacle to a fraternal dialogue."

"A terrible famine with completely concrete political reasons, aggravated by natural cataclysms, resulted in the deaths of a huge number of people in Ukraine, Volga region, North Caucasus, South Ural, West Siberia, and Kazakhstan," the patriarch said.


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