AUGB Chair Petro Rewko accompanied by his wife Hania attended the unveiling of the Holodomor Commemorative Stone in Edinburgh on Saturday.

The stone is situated at the junction of Blenheim Place and Royal Terrace on a pathway leading to the city centre. At the end of this pathway is also a stone commemorating the Millennium of Christianity in Ukraine, which was placed there by the Ukrainian community in 1988.

Also present at Saturday’s event were: the Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK – HE Natalia Galibarenko, the Ukrainian Consul and Head of Mission in Edinburgh - Andrii Kuslii, the Head of the Scottish Parliament’s International Relations and Clerk to the Public Petitions Committee - Fergus Cochrane, the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith - Deidre Brock MP, City of Edinburgh Councillor Claire Miller, local parish priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Church - Rev. Vasyl Kren, Roman Catholic parish priest of Our Lady of Loretto and St Michael’s Church in Musselburgh – Rev. Basil Clark.

The community assembled at the Commemorative Stone at 2 p.m. for a short ceremony which was opened by AUGB Edinburgh Branch Chair, Linda Allison. Following the Ukrainian National Anthem, Fathers Kren and Clark said prayers and blessed the stone. Each of the distinguished guests addressed the gathering reminding everyone of the immense tragedy that took place in Ukraine 85 years ago. The ceremony ended with the singing of “Вічная Пам’ять” (Eternal Memory).

All were then invited to the AUGB’s Ukrainian Centre on Royal Terrace to view an exhibition on the Holodomor. It gave everyone a good opportunity to spend time talking to community members and guests. 

This process placing and an everlasting memory in the form of a permanent memorial stone to the millions of Ukrainians who died of enforced starvation in 1932-33 took 12 months to achieve and was led by a working group headed by AUGB Edinburgh Branch Chair, Linda Allison, and Consul and Head of Mission to Edinburgh, Andrii Kuslii.

Click here to view a short video of the event by courtesy of Ivan Babuscsak.

Petro Rewko
AUGB Chair


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