On Thursday, 17 September, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk and Prime Minister of Poland Ewa Kopacz, who arrived in
Ukraine on a working visit, participated in a ceremony commemorating the
victims of totalitarianism in Bykivnia.
In the framework of commemorative events devoted to the Katyn
tragedy, the Heads of Governments of Poland and Ukraine laid flowers to the
memorial of the victims of totalitarianism in Bykivnia
- graves of Polish and Ukrainian victims of the Stalin's regime.
They paid tribute with a minute of silence. There
was a public prayer for victims of Stalinist repression.
stressed that Bykovnia Graves is a place of the great
tragedy and "humiliation of human dignity and freedom":
"Thousands of Ukrainians, Poles, Jews and other free people were murdered
by the Bolshevik Soviet Stalinist regime."
The Prime Minister of Ukraine underlined the importance of today's visit of
the Prime Minister of Poland: "This is the place of our common tragedy. These
tragedies should only unite us, make stronger. We
cannot allow this to happen ever again."
He has pointed out that it is necessary to draw correct conclusions from
historical lessons": "The Nazis and the Bolsheviks-Communists divided
our countries and tortured our people. In Brest the Nazis
and "the Soviets" conducted a joint parade. The
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed in secret. And
this was among the reasons that led to the Second World War."
"On this holy spot for Ukrainians and Poles we have to swear that we
will keep on fighting for our freedom and independence, for
the free world and values of the free world,"
In this struggle, the Prime Minister of Ukraine underlined, we should be united
- "as we are demonstrating worldwide support in the fight against Russian
"The civilized world has no place for imperial ambitions,
totalitarianism and dictatorship. Who
follows this route must undergo the Hague Tribunal," the Head of Ukrainian
stressed that unity between Warsaw and Kyiv "is the axis of European
future of our states": "We were together, we are together and we will
be together in our common struggle for our European future."