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!
On April 24, 2019, a photo-documentary exhibition "The Shot Elite: The Bykovnian Aspect" was presented at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine. The presentation was attended by General Director of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve Graves of Bykivnya Bogdan Bilashyvsky, Deputy Director of the State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine Anatoly Khromov, senior researcher at the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, executive secretary of the editorial board of the scientific and documentary series of books "Rehabilitated by History" Roman Podkuru, Deputy Director General for Science of the Reserve Tetyana Sheptytskaya, researchers from the National Museum of Ukrainian History, journalists, public.
On December 1, 2018, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Polish Foreign Minister Yacek Chaputovich commemorated the victims of Soviet mass political repression at the Graves of Bykivnia National Historical Memorial Reserve.
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".
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”.
An expanded version of the photo-documentary exhibition "The Word Broken in Bykivnya", prepared by scientists of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya" in cooperation with Ukrainian independent publishing house "Smoloskyp" was openes in the premises of the Kyiv City Council and the Kyiv City State Administration on May 20, 2018.
December 13, 2017 the presentation of the exhibition "Crossing the Kiev Styx" took place in Mariupol State University. This exhibition is a joint project of the National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnya" and "Kyiv Society of Greeks named after K. Ypsilanti. " It is devoted to the fate of the Kiev Greeks, shot as a result of the so-called "Greek operation" - mass repression against representatives of the Greek community in all the republics of the USSR.
August 24, 2017 National Historical and Memorial Reserve "Graves of Bykivnia" hosted the participants of the XVII International Katyn Motocross. Bikers from the "Rajd Katyński" ("Katyn Motocross") organization from various parts of Poland paid tribute to the memory of the Poles buried in the Bykivnia forest and other victims of Stalinist repression.