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Ukraine to provide aid to Yemen, Sudan, Congo to honor famines' victims memory, - Poroshenko

The corresponding presidential decree is signed
16:43, 24 November 2018

Press Service of the President of Ukraine

Ukraine will provide humanitarian assistance to the Republic of Yemen, the Republic of Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was stated by the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at the solemn ceremony honoring the memory of victims of famines, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

“I have supported the initiative to provide humanitarian aid to the Republic of Yemen, the Republic of Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to mark the perpetuation of the Holodomor victims’ memory.

Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine today supports those who need its help, because it is the only way to atone for the guilt before those who it could not save in the past.

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The head of the Ukrainian state recalled that in 1932-1933 the Moscow totalitarian regime "undertook to break the freedom-loving Ukrainian soul" by making a genocide against an entire people.

According to him, now every year the circle of countries that recognize those terrible actions as genocide of the Ukrainian people is expanding. "Already about three dozen states have properly evaluated this human tragedy. Only recently important decisions were taken by the US Senate and the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic," Poroshenko stressed.

Ukraine has a due respect for the memory of the Holodomor victims at the level of international organizations - such as the UN, the European Parliament, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

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This year, Ukraine marks the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor tragedy of 1932-1933. The name itself means “murder through starvation.”

The manmade famine in 1930s Ukraine claimed from 7 to 10 million lives. According to the researchers, daily death toll in Ukraine was 25,000 people; 1,000 people died every hour, 17 - every minute. Average life expectancy of Ukrainians in 1933 was 7,3 years - for men, and 10,9 years – for women.

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