Poroshenko: Loss of Ukrainian Sovereignty Made Soviet Crimes Possible
The president, and others, paid their respects to victims of Soviet persecution
Photos Official Website of the President of Ukraine
On May 19, 2019, Ukrainian politicians commemorated the victims of political repression at the National Historical Memorial Bykivnia Graves.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko joined the event. According to him, with reference to various estimates, between 30,000 and 100,000 victims died as a result of political persecution. They were shot and buried in the forest, which later became the Bykivnia Graves Memorial.
“‘Special Needs’ — this is how the Bolsheviks camouflaged the objective when allocating this land plot,” Poroshenko said.
“The terrible crimes of the communist regime against humanity became possible, not least because of the loss of Ukrainian sovereignty, which we failed to defend during the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917–1921. Our people paid a huge price for the mistakes that were made a hundred years ago. We do not even allow thoughts about repeating this bitter experience,” Poroshenko said.