President Clinton concluded a five-day visit to Russia and Ukraine on Friday by urging Ukrainians to be patient, despite the pains they suffer as their country undergoes its economic transformation.
Addressing a massive throng of Kiev residents on the grounds of Shevchenko University, Clinton endorsed the harsh economic measures taken by Ukrainian President Leonid D. Kuchma to win $4 billion in Western economic aid.
“I know the times are difficult now, and I commend you for taking the hard road, for putting the needs of your future and your nation above immediate personal concerns,” Clinton told the surging crowd.
“You and your children will reap the harvest of sacrifice,” he added.
Before leaving Kiev, Clinton also stopped briefly at a memorial to the victims of Babi Yar, the haunted ravine on the outskirts of the city where 100,000 Jews were machine-gunned to death by the Nazis in the fall of 1941.
“In the quiet of this place, the victims of Babi Yar cry out to us still,” Clinton said, standing before a 10-foot menorah erected in 1991 to commemorate the massacre. “Never forget, they tell us, that humanity is capable of the worst, just as it is capable of the best.”