A memorial of victims of the 1933 Holodomor in Ukraine appeared in Toronto. The opening ceremony took place on Monday, featuring mayor John Tory, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Ukraine's First Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv, Ukrinform news agency reports.
'For many years, while the memory of Holodomor was concealed, Canada's Ukrainian community has been keeping it and managed to get it back to Ukraine. It is an extremely important contribution, and I'm especially thankful to the elderly members of our community who kept this memory,' Freeland said.
She also mentioned Ukraine's political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. 'One should remember Oleg Sentsov and think of Crimean Tatars. Let all the victims rest in peace, and we'll fight for those who suffer', Freeland concluded.
The Holodomor, the greatest man-made famine of the past century lasted for 17 months – from April 1932 to November 1933. The researchers have not defined the number of victims yet. They name the numbers from 1,8 million to 10 million. Most of the experts believe that the number of victims is from 3 to 3,5 million.
Many countries, including some states in the U.S. and governments of particular cities, recognized Holodomor of 1932-1933 as the act of genocide of the Ukrainian nation.