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Lesya Hasydzhak: Holodomors happen when a state has no strong army

The history of the Holodomor demonstrates to Ukrainians and to the whole world what happens to a nation that has neither its own state nor its own strong army.

This was said by Lesya Hasydzhak, Acting Director General of the Ukrainian National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide, at a special event of the Kyiv Security Forum, established by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Foundation “Open Ukraine”.

“The history of the Holodomor, actually the events spanning several years, when the state was destroyed, when the state was occupied, when the then elite, the Ukrainian intelligentsia and the Ukrainian church were destroyed, and when the very basis of economic power of a potential Ukrainian state was broken and destroyed – this is the most terrible lesson of our history, a difficult one that demonstrates what happens to a nation having neither its own state nor its own strong army,” she emphasized.

Lesya Hasydzhak emphasized that the Holodomor history should be an indispensable guide to each and every Ukrainian politician.

She also noted that the doors of the National Museum are open 7 days a week, and the number of tours and requests for lectures, meetings and discussions is enormous. And the full-scale russian invasion led only to multiplication of numbers of people interested in history.

“The history of the Holodomor tells us who is our enemy and makes us look back and rediscover our history, evaluate our own loyalty, humanism, and the lessons lost because of the russian information product and russian war of propaganda, surrounding and engulfing our lives and work for all these 32 years of Independence,” she added.

Commenting on issues related to Musem activities during the war, Lesya Hasydzhak noted that today it is visited not only by students, schoolchildren or museum groups, families or groups of friends, but also by many military personnel.

“These include military conscripts, and students of military universities, kadets, and even military personnel undergoing rehabilitation in medical establishments of the Ukrainian capital city. And we hear many words of gratitude. There is no other way out for the state than to support the Museum and support all research related to the crime of genocide and its history,” Lesya Hasydzhak summarized.

The Kyiv Security Forum established by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk “Open Ukraine” Foundation, is the major platform in this country to discuss problems and issues of war and peace, of national and global security.

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