On 3 April 2018, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman together with Government members laid the capsule of phase II construction of the National Museum ‘Holodomor Victims’ Memorial’.
The event was also participated by First Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv, Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Kistion, Vice Prime Minister for Humanitarian Issues Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk, Deputy Minister of Culture Tamara Mazur, deputy chairman of the Steering Committee for phase II construction of the National Museum ‘Holodomor Victims’ Memorial’ Ivan Vasiunyk, Director General of the National Museum ‘Holodomor Victims’ Memorial’ Olesia Stasiuk and representatives for the team of architects working on the project.
“Less than a hundred years ago an awful tragedy happened in the history of our country… We lost millions and the famine was not choosing victims, — said Volodymyr Groysman. — Our duty is to revive the memory of those who perished in their innocence.”
The Prime Minister underscored that the Museum construction was a big project which implied building works, going on with the research and forming a big exhibit to tell the whole world about what was being covered up for decades. The Head of Government believes that implementation of such projects is a matter of honour, spirituality and respect to the history.
“This is our foundation,” — said Volodymyr Groysman.
As was said, in November 2017 the Head of Government attended the National Museum ‘Holodomor Victims’ Memorial’ and reaffirmed the intention to complete the Museum construction and finance the project with public funds as this is “a matter of honour and evidence of restoration of historical justice for millions of those who perished in their innocence.” In December 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers approved of the basic design, submitted by the Ministry of Culture, for the museum reconstruction with a cost estimate of almost UAH 772 million.
Architects’ conception for phase II of the memorial complex was to bury it into the Dnipro slope, which is being reinforced now. This will not change the landscape and will maintain the museum idea. The basic design received positive assessment from the advisory body of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, which stressed that the design object would have no negative impact on the remarkable world value of the Ukrainian UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and its adjacent territories.