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Ukraine Commemorates Victims Of Babi Yar Massacre

A Ukrainian woman lays flowers at the monument to victims during a mourning ceremony near the Babi Yar site in Kyiv on September 29.

KYIV -- Ukraine has marked the 76th anniversary of a World War II-era massacre of 33,771 Jews by Nazi troops on the outskirts of occupied Kyiv.

The slaughter of Jewish men, women, and children on September 29-30, 1941, at the Babi Yar ravine was an early example of the industrial-scale murder the Nazis would employ in their quest to annihilate the Jews.

By the end of the war, some 100,000 people of various ethnic and religious groups were executed at Babi Yar.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his wife attended the commemoration ceremony and laid flowers at the memorial to Babi Yar victims.