German President Joachim Gauck said that the world sees the Ukrainians as fighters for freedom, democracy and statehood. He said this at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedy of the victims of Babyn Yar in Kyiv, according to "Interfax-Ukraine".
"Since the end of the Cold War, the Ukrainians have reminded us that they have a place in European history. They have reminded us that Ukrainians today and in the future belong to the family of nations as a sovereign and independent state, territorial integrity of which should be respected . We saw the Ukrainians as fighters for freedom, democracy and statehood ", - he said.
According to the president of Germany, Ukrainians belong to the European community of values.
"We learned a lot about Ukraine as a nation, and thus to some extent on our role of responsibility. Perhaps in Ukraine Holodomor with its numerous victims had more strongly imprinted in the collective memory of your nation than crimes of Babyn Yar. But I, as German President, I stand here and still in despair and grief on the basis of crimes of another Germans at another time ", - said Gauck.