From the FB page of the British Embassy, Kyiv
Oct 7, 2021
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon joins Babyn Yar commemorations in Kyiv
Yesterday, the Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon represented the Prime Minister at an official ceremony in Kyiv to mark the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre.
He joined the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Israel Isaac Herzog, President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, relatives of the victims, representatives of religious communities, international dignitaries, and others in remembering the victims of a mass execution of primarily Jewish people, as well as other minorities and dissidents, at the Babyn Yar ravine in Kyiv. Between 1941 and 1943, it is estimated that 70,000 to 100,000 people were shot at Babyn Yar, including almost the entire Jewish population of the city.
Reflecting on this day, Lord Ahmad commented:
“Today we remember all those murdered at Babyn Yar: primarily Jewish men, women, and children as well as Roma and disabled victims, among others. It is our duty to remember them, and the other victims of the Holocaust, and to prevent such atrocities from happening again.
“Thank you President Zelenskyy for bringing the international community together to remember and reflect on one of the worst crimes in history”.