The Ukrainian state will prevent impiety to the Babi Yar victims, President Viktor Yushchenko  addressed the nation on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the tragedy, the presidential press-service reports.

Yushchenko reminded that 68 years ago, on September 29, 1941, the Nazi occupants started in the Babi Yar mass shooting of innocent people and first of all the Ukrainian Jews. The President said that the Nazi terror killed more than 100,000 of our compatriots - Jews, Roma, Ukrainians, Russians and other nations.

He underlined that the Babi Yar buried prisoners of war and members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, thousands brave patriots, who stood up to the invaders. Yushchenko called on all Ukrainians to realize their duty and do all the best so that the world remembers about the Babi Yar martyrs forever.

The head of state said that the Ukrainian people, who lost millions of their sons and daughters during the Holodomor-genocide and World War II, strongly reject any acts and recurrences of the totalitarian ideology, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, disregard of the human life and dignity. "The Babi Yar memorial is sacred.

The Ukrainian state will allow no impiety to our compatriots and will take care of a proper protection of this burial site," Yushchenko underscored. He also asked all compatriots to remember about the dead, a horrible price 'we have paid for the right to be free and independent'.

The President laid flowers at a monument in Babyn Yar memorial park and observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims.


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