In his speech, he honored the memory of all Ukrainians who died in 1921-1923, 1946-1947, and, most horrifically, during the years of 1932-1933 — the Holodomor-genocide.
"They tried to exterminate us, to subjugate us, to torture us,” the president said.
“They failed. They wanted to conceal the truth from us and hush up the terrible crimes forever. They failed. They wanted to confuse us, to mislead us, to make us not believe, to doubt, to forget, and therefore to forgive. They failed. And today, with utmost sorrow and respect, we honor the memory of millions of our people."
The ideologues, organizers, and perpetrators of the crimes of the Holodomors of the Ukrainian people have not been held accountable or punished fairly during their lifetime, but today they must bear it with "shame, the stigma of their role in world history, the truth that everyone on the planet should know," Zelenskyy said.
"This is a time of historical responsibility for the murderers and for those who chose to be followers of the murderers, who act in the same way as before. And justice is important not in 90 years, but now. Because although there are crimes that have no statute of limitations, justice must be timely."
Recognizing the criminal acts against Ukrainians as crimes of genocide is extremely important, the president stated.
"This is not a formality. This is the attitude of the civilized world to the truth. This is a tribute to justice."
Zelenskyy also expressed his gratitude to all countries that have officially recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people.
He emphasized that the first to do so were the following:
● United States of America
After the start of the full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine, many other countries joined them, including:
● United Kingdom
● Czech Republic
The Ukraine-initiated Declaration commemorating the tragic 90th anniversary of the 1932-1933 Holodomor at the UN was signed by 55 UN Member States and the EU delegation, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Nov. 23.
The attention to the Holodomor at the UN is growing, with a significant rise in signatures compared to a similar document in 2018.
2023 sees the 91st anniversary of the deliberate actions of Soviet authorities in 1932 to confiscate grain and other essential food supplies from the residents of Ukraine. These actions led to the Holodomor, a tragic chapter in Ukrainian history and one of the most significant atrocities committed against the Ukrainian people. The Holodomor of 1932-1933 has been recognized as an act of genocide against Ukrainians by the Stalinist regime, both in Ukraine and in many other countries.
Holodomor Memorial Day is commemorated annually on the last Saturday of November.
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