DISDAIN AND IRREVERENCE FOR HOLODOMOR VICTIMS ARE INAPPROPRIATE

UK
22.09.10


The AUGB has written an open letter to Ukraine's Ambassador in London, Volodymyr Khandogiy, seeking clarity on the subject of the Holodomor posting on the President of Ukraine's official website. 

The letter emphasises that "the subject-matter is too solemn to be treated with the level of disdain and irreverence that it has officially received since February this year" and calls on the Ambassador to intervene and ensure that "the entirety of the Holodomor portal... be reinstated on the Presidential website without the need for further correspondence...".

AUGB CEO, Fedir Kurlak, said afterwards that there needed to be continuity in Ukraine's outlook on its own history.  "We cannot keep hopping from one position to another every five years.  From its very inception the AUGB always stood for a free and democratic Ukraine.  Since 1946 it has highlighted the crimes perpetrated against the Ukrainian nation and, for many years prior to Ukraine's independence, commemorated the Holodomor in the face of widespread Soviet claims that this particular episode in Ukraine's history was merely a manifestation of anti-Soviet nationalistic propaganda in the West.  Today, however, few in the West deny that the Holodomor took place.  The Ukrainian President and his Government should take heed of this and shake off their prejudices, accept the history, deal with it and move on...  I'm extremely disappointed that we have had to write to Ukraine's representative in this country in such terms about this issue and hope that the matter can be swiftly resolved without further ado."

 

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