The "Holodomor: Commemoration and Remembrance" event was organized in the UK Parliament on the 9th of October by the British-Ukrainian Society, with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine. Speakers of the event were Anne Applebaum, a well-known journalist and historian, Pauline Latham, British MP (C) and Volodymyr Viatrovych, the Head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance . They held a discussion on the policy of the communist totalitarian regime in the 1930s, as a result of which Ukraine lost many millions of human lives. The speakers agreed on the fact that the struggle of the Ukrainian people for their national identity requires international recognition and the crimes committed by the Soviet regime against Ukraine should be condemned.
The Holodomor was a terrible attempt of physical annihilation of the Ukrainian people. Historians and scholars continue to investigate this issue in order to publicize the true information of the events of those years.
Anne Applebaum drew historical parallels between Stalin and Putin, who in various centuries organized mass crimes against Ukrainians because of the fear of their national upsurge.
The participants of the event emphasized that the tragedy of the Holodomor has its echo during the time when Ukraine continues to resist Russian aggression.
P.Latham, the British parliamentarian expressed her disappointment that the British Government still did not recognize the Holodomor in Ukraine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people and urged the UK officials to reconsider their position.