Kiev, November 24 (TASR correspondent) – It is a moral duty of countries not to forget the famine in the 1930s and do everything so that such tragedy never recurs, Slovak President Andrej Kiska stated at the presidential forum on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine on Saturday.
“We must unequivocally refuse every attempt to justify these deadly practices or deny this event through manipulation and propaganda,” he added.
According to Kiska, the suffering of people during this famine can’t be captured by any statistics.
“And no period of time is long enough for us to forget. Forget about mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, grandparents and loved ones who died from hunger because of a cruel and deliberate decision of the Stalinist Soviet Union. A decision to sacrifice millions of people to a wicked desire to have power. He [Stalin] pursued a single goal – to break the determination of people to protect the way they lived, their families and their land,” said the Slovak head of state.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stressed in his address that the causing of the famine has been one of the biggest crimes against humanity. “It wasn’t a natural disaster or tragic circumstances, it was a plan of the Kremlin cabinet to weaken the Ukrainian nation,” he pointed out. Poroshenko also announced at the forum that Ukraine will send humanitarian aid to developing countries in which people suffer from hunger, including Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.
The forum was also attended by Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and representatives from other countries, for example, the Czech Republic, Moldova and Poland. Kiska completed his working visit to Ukraine at this event.