Exhibition “Intent” opened in Holodomor Museum

23 November 2023

Today, a new exhibition dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor genocide opened in the Holodomor Museum.

“When my colleagues and I started thinking of what we would like to say in the new exhibition project at the beginning of this year, we thought like this. The main question that visitors, journalists, and foreign guests ask us is: what are the parallels between the genocide that happened 90 years ago and the Russians’ crimes today? These parallels exist, and they are obvious,the Deputy Director General of the National Museum of the Holodomor-genocide Lesia Hasydzhak says. — This is exactly what we wanted to show today in our exhibition, which was implemented in cooperation with our partners, the Centre for the Study of Military History of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with the support of Arseniy Yatsenyuk “Open Ukraine” Foundation. A lot of work, including analytical work, was carried out in order to show the tenacity of Russia’s intention – then Bolshevik, and now Putin’s – to prevent the existence of a strong, independent and free state Ukraine nearby. The main lesson that Ukrainians have learned from the history of the Holodomor is a lesson about what happens to a nation that does not have its own state and does not have its own army that could protect this nation. Today, Ukraine is experiencing a full-scale war, but the difference is that Ukrainians have their own state and an extremely motivated and strong Armed Forces.”

In addition, Ukraine today has the support of the world, which it did not have there 90 years ago. And more and more countries recognise the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. And those who still hesitate and delay are “passive aids of today’s aggressor.” This was emphasised by Rostyslav Karandieiev, acting Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.

“Today, we record the consequences of the ideological attack carried out against Ukraine for centuries. What can we do? Just win! Only the destruction of the Russian empire, in the form in which it exists now – hostile to Ukraine – will give us the opportunity to live peacefully.” Of course, it is not about the physical destruction of people, but about our opportunity to go to our borders, returning the occupied territories,” Rostyslav Karandieiev added.

Colonel Vitaliy Bidnyi, Temporary Acting Head of the Centre for the Study of Military History of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, emphasised that this exhibition, which combines the tragic events of the Holodomor genocide and modern full-scale war, should be as a warning against the repetition of such crimes in the future:

“A full-scale war is accompanied by numerous atrocities and the death of the civilian population. The Russian aggressor does not abandon the attempts that began 90 years ago, when he committed the genocide of the Ukrainian people. I believe that this exposition will be an occasion for a comprehensive discussion, understanding of these events and a further warning that such crimes do not happen again.”

Danylo Lubkivskyi, director of the Kyiv Security Forum, and representative of Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s “Open Ukraine” Foundation, emphasised the motives that drive Russia to commit crimes:

“In order to destroy a people, there must be an intent. But I want to say not only about the intent, but also about the motive. The motive is Moscow’s eternal hatred of Ukraine. The motive is envy, the desire to take over what does not belong to them, but which they would very much like to have. The genocide of 1932-1933 was a war of fear against Ukrainians, because Stalin considered the desire of Ukrainians to have freedom to be a threat to the Soviet Union. Today’s war against Ukraine is not only a war to establish control over Ukraine, but a war of impotence because Russia does not have any modern project vision of the future, and in order to form this future, they need to seize Ukraine. This is the motive from which the intent comes. However, it will not be possible to break Ukraine. We will win”.

As part of the event, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Inna Yashchuk handed over digital copies of criminal cases from the Holodomor period to the museum. (More on this later).


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You can visit the exhibition every day from 10:00 to 18:00.