UKRAINE COMMEMORATES ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
- The Armenian communities in Ukraine have held different conferences, round tables and memorial events to mark the 97th anniversary of the Genocide.
The Party of Pensioners organized a round table that brought together representatives of public and political organizations, national minorities, the mass media, and scientific circles etc.
An orthodox church in an ancient district (which once housed a 14th century Armenian church) of capital Kiev offered a holy liturgy to commemorate the innocent victims. The ceremony then continued at a new Armenian church.
Speaking at the event, Armenian Ambassador to Ukraine Andranik Manukyan characterized the Genocide as one of the darkest and tragic chapters of the Armenians' history, which claimed the lives of 1.5 people, depriving the nation of its huge spiritual and material cultural heritage.
Addressing the international recognition of the tragedy, the ambassador said that the Republic of Armenia works jointly with the Diaspora in an effort to reinstate the historical justice and the violated rights of the Armenians, and prevent new genocides across the world.
The ambassador thanked the Ukrainian nation for giving shelter to the Armenian Genocide survivors in his country.
In the meantime, he called upon the local Armenians to collaborate with the Ukrainian-Armenians' Union and the newly elected community governors of Kiev to strengthen the Armenian community's ties with its homeland and promote its active participation in the country's development.
- 1828 Griboedov is appointed Russian ambassador in Persia.
- 1888 Death of novelist Raffi (Hakob Melik-Hakobyan) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He was born in 1835.
- 1918 The Turkish army re-occupies Ghars (Western Armenia).
- 1918 Stepan Shahoomyan creates and leads the Council of People's Commissars in Baku.
- 1959 Death of painter Hakob Kodjoyan. He was born in 1883.
- 1990 The Greek Parliament approves a law designating April 24 as Remembrance Day of the Armenian victims of the Genocide perpetrated by Turkey.