Statement of Ambassador of Ukraine in the USA Volodymyr Yelchenko,
Permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya
Consuls General of Ukraine in New York, Chicago, San Francisco
Oleksii Holubov, Serhiy Koledov, Dmytro Kushneruk on the occasion of the 87th anniversary Holodomor-genocide 1932-33 in Ukraine
Dear American Friends,
Дорога Українська Громадо,
In late November, Ukrainians all over the world unite in mourning for millions of innocent victims of one of the largest crimes against humanity – the Holodomor-Genocide 1932-1933 in Ukraine. We appreciate the solidarity of many nations, who share our pain and join us in this solemn commemoration.
Having massacred by hunger millions of innocent people, the Bolshevik regime for many years strived to kill the very memory about them. At that time, the hunger was an attempt to bring Ukrainians to their knees, deprive them of any hope to chart their own destiny, forget, even in dreams, about possibility of ever having their own state.
However, despite the decades of attempts to conceal the fact of the Holodomor, the world knows and remembers it today.
We would like to express special gratitude to the United States of America for the support of the Holodomor cause, all Ukrainian Americans for their hard work on recognition of Holodomor as genocide and keeping memory of this tragedy for all those years.
Spreading the truth is a tribute to victims, and a part of a strategy of countering not just old Soviet, but present-day Russian disinformation and propaganda. Nowadays the USA knows the story of the atrocity. As a result, the US Congress along with almost half of American states recognize Holodomor as genocide.
We are confident that one day all UN member states will call the Holodomor by its real name.
Let us put a lighted candle on the windowsill of our houses and remember the innocent victims of this terrible tragedy. May the flickering flame of millions of candles warm the souls of those who died from starvation in 1932-33 in Ukraine.