A four-day exhibition marking the 85 anniversary of the 1932-33 Holodomor in Ukraine was opened in Parliament this afternoon by the UK’s Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP. 

During his address, the Foreign Secretary firstly referred to Russia’s use of military force on the previous day, 25 November:  “I utterly condemn Russia’s aggression against the Ukrainian vessels that sought to enter the Sea of Azov yesterday, including the forcible seizure of three Ukrainian ships and their crews. This incident provides further evidence of Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. We also remain concerned about the welfare of the Ukrainian sailors. I call on Russia to ensure freedom of passage through the Kerch Straits, and for all parties to exercise restraint. Russia must not be allowed to further erode Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, especially through the use of force.”

The Foreign Secretary recounted that the 1932-33 Holodomor ranks as one of the gravest crimes of modern time - a deliberate act of Soviet policy. The Kremlin’s denial of the Holodomor has never quite gone away. In August 2015, the Russian backed separatists occupying Eastern Ukraine destroyed a memorial to the victims of the Holodomor while in the same month the notorious Russian news agency, Sputnik, described the Ukrainian famine as a hoax.

“The struggle to preserve the truth against the Kremlin’s propaganda and to ensure that the victims and survivors of the Holodomor are remembered with dignity continues to be profoundly necessary, making this exhibition still more important… We owe it to the survivors of the Holodomor and to the Ukrainians who struggle today for their nation’s future, to ensure that they will never be forgotten.”

Further addresses were given by Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK, Natalia Galibarenko, and by Pauline Latham MP.

The exhibition was organised by the Embassy of Ukraine and the British Ukrainian Society.

The AUGB was represented at the event by Deputy Chair Iryna Terlecky and Board members Bohdan Ratycz, Volodymyr Muzyczka and Bohdan Terlecky, with Audit Committee Chair, Rev Mykola Matwijiwskyj. 

The Foreign Secretary’s full address can be viewed here.


Photos (from top to bottom):

  • General view during the opening of the exhibition
  • Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
  • Foreign Secretary looks through "Grains of truth" book with Ukraine's Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko
  • AUGB's Deputy Chair, Iryna Terlecky, presents "Grains of truth" to Pauline Latham MP
  • Exhibition banners

























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