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President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych took part in the events to commemorate victims of Holodomor of 1932-1933, ForUm learned from the President’s press service.
Head of State headed mournful procession along the central alley of the National Museum "Memorial to the victims of Holodomor in Ukraine".
Marchers set symbolic wheat spikelets and flowers composition to the sculpture "The bitter memory of childhood".
President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych made a speech before the ceremony participants.
"Today we bow to the memory of our dead compatriots. We express our condolences to the people of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and all the nations of the former Soviet Union, who suffered in those years," Yanukovych said.
The President noted that victims of Holodomor are commemorated today by the Ukrainians worldwide.
"Our task is to preserve the memory of everything that happened on Ukrainian land. Shared memory and shared history should bring us together, make us stronger. This is the foundation of our future," he stressed.
Then, the attendees observed a minute’s silence in honor of Holodomor victims.
Afterwards the President set a lighted lamp to the "Candle of Memory".
The ceremony was also attended by former presidents of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yushchenko, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Verkhovna Rada chairman Volodymyr Rybak, members of the government, members of the public.
After the ceremony, Viktor Yanukovych visited the exhibition of the National Museum "Memorial to the victims of Holodomor in Ukraine."