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  • Prime Minister of Ukraine laid a capsule before the construction of the second stage of the Holodomor Victims Memorial
    Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 03 April 2018 10:26

    Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, together with members of the Government, has placed the capsule before the construction of the second stage of the National Museum "Holodomor Victims Memorial". The resolution about the construction was approved by the Government in the frames of the commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the hideous tragedy.

    "Less than 100 years ago in the history of our country there took place a heinous tragedy... We lost millions of people, and hunger was indiscriminate about the victims", said Volodymyr Groysman, "Our obligation is to reclaim the memory about the innocent victims."

    The Prime Minister stressed that expanding of the Museum is a major project, which involves construction activities, further research, formation of a large exposition that would tell the world "what has been suppressed for decades." According to the Head of Government, realization of such projects is a matter of honor, spirituality, and respect for the history. "This is our foundation", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.

    Background

    In November 2017, the Head of Government visited the National Museum "Holodomor Victims Memorial" in Kyiv, where he confirmed the plan to finance the completion of the Museum, as it is "a matter of honor and evidence of restoring historical justice to millions of innocent victims."

    According to the plans of architects, a second stage of the construction of the Memorial complex will be "hidden" in the Dnipro slope, which is now being fortified, thereby providing an opportunity not to change the landscape and to preserve the idea of the Museum as the candles of memory. The project has been approved by UNESCO. According to the Prime Minister, history and truth should unite people.

    In December 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft project of the Museum reconstruction to the tune of UAH 772 million developed by the Ministry of Culture.

    In January of 2018, the Prime Minister summoned a meeting of the Organizing committee for the preparation and commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor. The attendees of the meeting were Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Ihor Rainin, representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, historians and experts.

    A wide range of commemorative events is being planned. The said activities encapsulate the intensification of cooperation with the international community on the recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people, large exhibitions and meetings in order to bring the world to the scale of the tragedy. Moreover, in November this year, the international forum dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor will be held. The forum preparation group, on the proposal of Volodymyr Groysman, will be headed by Vice Prime Minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko.

    The Head of Government also backed the idea of creating a film dedicated to the Holodomor, and he emphasized the importance of commemorating the Holodomor researchers, most notably James Mace, American research scientist of the Holodomor.