Thus far we are afraid to intuitively think over the topic
of the annihilation of millions of Ukrainians - our brothers and sisters. We
should grasp this fact, all its cruelty.
Our nation was being killed deliberately and purposefully.
The Ukrainian people were treated as a threat. As a misunderstanding. As rubbish.
They haven’t existed. They don’t exist. They won’t live. We are familiar with
First they destroyed the national leadership. Afterwards
they enticed, intimidated, paralyzed politicians. In
the aftermath they were killed in turn. Almost one after another.
Then they shot the priests. In the black water they drowned
kobzars. The NKVD boot smashed clarinets, pince-nez
and skulls of Ukrainian poets.
And when the nation went blind, when the nation went
silent, when the nation became helpless, then there opened the gates of the
There is no death
more terrible than that by hunger. The death of our nation was massive and at the same
time, lonely. People slowly faded in the midst of life. Knowing that there
was life near. Begging for salvation. But no help came. None offered the
contrivance, the scheme and scale of this annihilation are devilish. And even
more diabolic thing happened later. The killers just turned the page.
The status of "the turned page" haunts us during
our entire history. We are the only to stop it.
They were trying not just to extinguish life. They were
trying to eradicate the memory about our nation. Memory allows us to
understand who we are. Memory shapes us and creates our imagination.
Imagination creates our future.
We exist. This is an essential, fundamental and life-asserting
fact. This is a strong response to evil and hatred against Ukraine, against
the Ukrainian citizens, our language and our culture. This is the answer to
each invader and each aggressor.
We exist. During the Revolution of Dignity everyone got the
proof – Europe, America, Russia.
We exist. Let them
turn hundreds of pages. While turning the pages there will anyway break
through, emerge a living objective correlative of our nation, our life, our
culprit of the Holodomor was Moscow. The Kremlin
has been and still remains a murderer.
The main transgressor
that planned and committed an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people
was the totalitarian communist regime of the Soviet-era. The ideological
basis for the Soviet terror was great-power Russian chauvinism.
I blame Russian
chauvinism for the large-scale crimes against humanity.
of the Russian chauvinism there suffered every neighboring nation with Russia.
Around the perimeter of the Russian state there is no country with which the
Kremlin maintained equal and friendly relations.
century-old disease of Russian chauvinism and disdain for each neighbour, his culture, language or religion is actively
encouraged these days by the regime of President Putin.
chauvinism is preached from the high clerical thrones of Russia. Look at the level
of hatred and malice with which Russian chauvinism even now continues to deny
the Holodomor, defending cannibalism of Stalin and erecting
monuments to him.
chauvinism tries at all costs to justify the Kremlin's aggression against all
nations - Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, Belarusians, Lithuanians, Latvians,
Estonians, Kazakhs, the peoples of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Stalin, they seek to assert the war against dissension, freedom, against the liberty-loving
part of Russia itself - its liberal environment.
As Head of the
Ukrainian Government, I support the current initiative of our Baltic
partners, who launched the process of investigating crimes of communism.
regime and the Russian chauvinism, sooner or later, but inevitably won’t
escape justice and international tribunal.
The Holodomor took place not only because the enemy attacked
us. The first prerequisite of the Holodomor was our
inability to protect our homeland. We must remember once for all that only our
Ukrainian state is capable to protect the lives and future of its people.
prerequisite of the Holodomor is disunity and
internal pride, which weakens the nation and hampers to muster all strength
The third prerequisite
is that all of us are easily tempted by big promises to avoid hard work. But
only work can bring us freedom and prosperity.
Holodomor is a penetrating theme
of our existence and mentality. In person, each citizen must realize that our
only shield against any threat appears our personal active involvement in the
development and protection of Ukraine.
"I am participating in the fate of the state" -
everyone has to perceive these words.
memory of the Holodomor tragedy should force us to
unite and muster all strength up. Nobody but us can save Ukraine.
During the Holodomor we were
dying as we were Ukrainians. Today we are capable to survive as we remain and will always be Ukrainians. As
one strong nation. Avoiding internal squabbles. Avoiding beating the air.
Avoiding irresolution of mind.
The tragedy of
the Holodomor is of paramount universal importance.
Over 70 countries around the globe have recognized the historical fact of the
Holodomor. We can speak with assurance these are
the countries that honor the memory of the Holodomor,
and they are a true coalition of higher human values, democracy and humanism.
of states makes sense and has the future if it is based on values. Our values
are freedom and respect for human being. This is the faith in human dignity
and decent life for everyone.
I believe in such
Ukraine. It is being born now. It is becoming a strong, stable, confident
I believe in Ukraine, free from external threat, free from
fear and poverty. I believe in Ukraine that will overcome the current
Let's be strong. Let's be wise. Let’s be free. Then we
will do everything, even impossible.
protect Ukraine, our army and our state.