Ukraine to mark Holocaust Day

By a large majority, the Ukrainian parliament has decided to turn International Holocaust Remembrance Day into an official commemoration day in the country, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.

The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

The parliament also decided to mark the 70th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre this year with a series of special events.

The decision of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) was unequivocal, with 331 of 450 representatives voting in favor of commemorating the Jews murdered in the Holocaust in an annual state memorial day, and marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in the ravine west of Kiev with special events.


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