Ukraine perceives the mass murder of Jews during the Second World War as its own grief. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said thi during the events on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy.
"We, Ukrainians, are very aware of the sorrow of the Jews, and perceive it as our own. We know how for years and decades the hearts ache for those who died in World War II. Memorial at Babi Yar must become a symbol of unity, a symbol of honor and respect for all Ukrainians, regardless of nationality", Poroshenko said.
He also stressed that Ukraine should not be a manifestation of anti-Semitism.
"Together we are building the Ukraine, where there is no place for anti-Semitism. Thanks to Ukrainians and all the nationalities of the fantastic unity. It is important that all of humanity remembered the bloody facts of the Holocaust, about the dangers of hatred, bigotry and racism", the President said.
Babi Yar is a ravine on the outskirts of Kiev where Einsatzgruppen mobile squads killed at least 34,000 Jews over a one week period in September 1941. Russian estimates put the number of killed at nearly 100,000. Today, Babi Yar has come to symbolize the horrific murder of Jews by the Einsatzgruppen as well as the persistent failure of the world to acknowledge this Jewish tragedy.