On November 1, 2019, on the corner of Kavkazskaya-Mitskevich streets in the city of Rivne, the grand opening of a khachkar (cross-stone) dedicated to the innocent victims of the Armenian and Ukrainian peoples took place. The 2.5 meters tall cross-stone is made from Armenian mountain tuff stone.
The monument was consecrated by the head of the Ukrainian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Bishop Markos Hovhannisyan together with representatives of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Roman Catholic Church.
The event was attended by David Mkrtchyan and Armen Vardanyan, vice-chairmen of the Union of Armenians of Ukraine, Vardan Tatosyan, the chairman of the Armenian community “Nairi” in Rivne Oblast, as well as representatives of local authorities, clergy, and guests from the Armenian communities of Lviv, Volyn, and Zhytomyr Oblasts.
Prior to this, on the initiative of the Chairman of the Union of Armenians of Ukraine Vilen Shatvoryan, more than 20 cross-stones have been erected in different regions in Ukraine since 2015.
In November 2010, the art of creating khachkars was inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Рівне тепер має свій Хачкар