Vējonis to visit Ukraine, commemorate victims of Holodomor

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis will make an official visit to Ukraine from November 23 to 25, representatives of the president’s office informed LETA.

During the official visit, Vējonis will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodimir Groisman. The Latvian president will also take part in commemorative events to marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, denouncing the Stalin-era reprisals against the Ukrainian people.

On November 24, the Latvian president will lay flowers at the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and a memorial cross for the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred, or killed Euromaidan participants. Later in the day, Vējonis will participate in the Holodomor remembrance forum Ukraine Remembers, the World Acknowledges and visit the Holodomor memorial.

The Latvian president is also scheduled to meet with representatives of Crimean Tatars and visit eastern Ukraine.

The Holodomor was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in the early 1930s when Soviet authorities confiscated food from Ukraine’s farmers. Deliberately caused by the Soviet regime, the severe famine killed millions of people in a short period of time, mainly in Ukraine’s rural regions. The number of Holodomor victims is estimated at three to ten million people, according to various studies. The facts have been recognized on an international level.

On March 13, 2008, the Latvian parliament passed a declaration recognizing the Holodomor as a deliberately caused genocide against the Ukrainian people.

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