President Yanukovych's address to his nation today, on the Ukrainian day of remembrance in memory of victims of political repression:
Today is a deeply sorrowful day for Ukraine. We honor the memory of millions of our countrymen who were victims of a totalitarian regime. We remember everyone that was destroyed by the punitive system, that was imprisoned in the Gulag prisoner, or that was deprived of their family home and sent to a foreign country.
In '30-'40's of 20th century, Ukraine suffered heavy losses. Stalin's repressive machine crushed all who tried to resist. The victims could be anyone - farmer or intellectual, teacher or engineer, scientist or worker.
It was a time of disillusionment, despair and hopelessness. Those who died can be best honoured by our memory and prayer, and those who survived the terrible years - by daily care.
We express our sympathy to all nations who have experienced terror regimes. Let our common memory be a pledge that similar tragedies are never repeated.
So why the nonchalant attitude to the erection of statues in honour of Stalin by PoR's Communist coalition partners? Is it because their co-operation is required in high-level corrupt schemes?
What are "those who survived the terrible years" supposed to think?