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Ukraine: Donald Tusk honours the memory of Babi Yar massacre victims

September 30, 2016

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has honoured the victims of the Babi Yar massacre, at an event to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the most infamous mass slaughters of World War II, in which almost 34,000 Jews were killed by occupying Nazi German forces in a ravine near Kyiv in 1941.

 

We honour the victims “in order to see better and to better understand what happened here… what happened with us, with the people and with the world, in the abyss we have found ourselves together with the victims, the perpetrators, and the witnesses.”

 

He said that “common silence and common prayer are indeed appropriate in such a place and time. But silence and prayers by themselves will not be enough if we want to avoid the great moral danger, which was, and still is, present in our collective experience."

 

“We need to remember that it is our daily duty to cry out at the top of our voice, and to act - always - when innocent people are killed, when the strong attack the weak, when children become the target of warplanes and rockets,” concluded Donald Tusk in his speech. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

 

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EU Delegation - Ukraine

 

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