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.
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
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
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.