STATEMENT OF THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF UKRAINE
TO THE UNITED NATIONS H.E. DR.YURIY SERGEYEV
ON THE OCCASION OF 81st ANNIVERSARY OF HOLODOMOR
New York, 21 November 2014
Dear friends and compatriots!
Today we are bowing our heads before the big tragedy of the loss of millions of Ukrainians, remembering both the tyranny of the totalitarian system and historic lie of concealing crimes against our nation. In the history of Ukraine there are wounds that never heal and victims who will never be forgotten. This everlasting pain grows stronger every day as we uncover the cruel fate of Ukraine under the misanthropic criminal communist regime.
Today the truth about the Holodomor becomes widely accessible for international community. It cannot be kept silent anymore, which is the aim of current Russian regime.
The tragedy of Holodomor is recognized as a crime and condemned by many States and international organizations, regional governments and parliaments, as well as by city councils all over the world.
Realization and consequences the 1932-1933 events in Ukraine fully correspond to the description that was given by the international community to the term “genocide” in the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Intention of the Soviet leadership to exterminate Ukraine as a State has been inherited by contemporary Russian Federation.
In 2014, as the Ukrainian people face the brutal and unrelenting military and information aggression of the Russian Federation, it continue to suffer the consequences of Stalin’s actions in its modern Putin's interpretation. Today, we are witnessing Ukraine’s sovereignty being undermined, the nation’s European aspirations being thwarted and Russia’s expansionist ambitions being supported. But the God and Truth are coming with us!
Honoring the memory of the Holodomor's victims, the 20 million strong Ukrainian diaspora continues to raise international awareness of the Holodomor in Ukraine, including recognition by all governments and the United Nations of the Holodomor as an act of genocide.
The Government of Ukraine acknowledges the national governing authorities of Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, the United States and the Holy See, who joined Ukraine, in recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-33 as genocide against the Ukrainian people.
It is our moral responsibility and a solemn duty before the memory of the dead, before survivors of Holodomor and before their living children and grandchildren to establish the historical justice through informing the world about the horrible page of our history, which by its magnitude cannot but transcend the limits of a purely national dimension.
In these November days in all Ukrainian families around the world candles will be lighted in the memory of millions of compatriots killed by Holodomor. Let us keep everlasting memory of those who perished. Let the Holodomor never return and never be forgotten.
On these days, when Ukraine celebrates a Day of Freedom and Dignity, one year after tragic and truly heroic events of Revolution of Dignity, on behalf of Ukrainian Government I would like to present our deepest infinite gratitude for all who gave their life for democratic and prosperous Ukrainian Nation!
Glory to Ukraine!
I thank you.