On December 1, 2018, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Chaputovich commemorated the victims of Soviet mass political repression at the Graves of Bykivnia National Historical Memorial Reserve.
National historical and memorial reserve "Graves of Bykivnya" is looking for materials related to mass political repressions of the 1930s-1940s in Kiev and the region, to replenish collections.
On November 17, 2018, the National Historical Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnia" was attended by the participants of the educational seminar “How to agree with the past”. Young scholars, historians, community activists, journalists, political scientists, those who work with initiatives in the humanitarian sphere, from different cities of Ukraine - Kiev, Kharkov, Lvov, Ostrog, Boguslav, Dnipro several days were finding out why the institutions of national memory arise only in post-totalitarian states, and tried to find new formats for working with the past. Answers to these questions they tried to find during a visit to the Reserve.
On November 11, celebrations with flowers laying on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Republic of Poland took place on the territory of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya".
On September 16, 2018 the National Historical Memorial Reserve“Graves of Bykivnia” was visited by MEP, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Anna Fotyga, accompanied by representatives of the Polish Embassy in Ukraine and the Military Attache of the Embassy.
On June 27, a group of 90 Roman Catholic pilgrims from different cities of Croatia visited the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya".
On June 21-22, 2018, International Scientific Conference "The Great Terror of 1937-1938: Philosophy and Instrumentation, Victims and Performers, Understanding and Historical Memory" was held at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. It united scholars from different cities of Ukraine (Kiev, Odessa, Nikolaev, Rivne, Poltava), as well as Lithuania and Belarus. The scientists of the Reserve attended the Conference.Reports were made by deputy director general of the scientific work of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya" Tetyana Sheptytska, Scientific Secretary Valery Filimonikhin, researcher Mykola Bryvko.
June 6, 2018 a delegation of French historians - teachers, scholars, students of the History Faculty of the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne (France) visited the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya". The group was headed by François-Xavier Nerar, a historian, researcher of the Stalin period, author of the book “Five Percents of Truth. Disclosure and communication in the Stalinist USSR (1928-1941)”. Members of the delegation are members of his scientific and methodological seminar. They study topics related to the Second World War, political repressions in the USSR and Europe, the Holocaust, the policy of memory and memorialization, etc.
May 20, 2018, commemoration of the victims of political repressions with the participation of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, representatives of the Government, the Verkhovna Rada, Kyiv City State Administration, the diplomatic corps, relatives of the repressed people and the public took place тon the territory of National Historical and Memorial Reserve “Graves of Bykivnya”.
On the secret special stage of the NKVD of the Ukrainian SSR in the Bykivnya Forest, tens of thousands of victims of the "Great Terror" found their last shelter. According to historians, the total number of those shot and buried in Bykivnya can amount from 20 to 100 thousand people. Among them there are priests and scientists, peasants and workers, artists and writers, actors and engineers, composers and civil servants. However, it is very important to see behind huge figures individual fates, personal stories and specific names. Graves of Bykivnya are fraternal, but not nameless. COME AND COMMEMORATE EVERYONE!