Kiev Scraps Plan for Hotel at Site of Babi Yar Massacre by Nazis

In wake of outcry, Mayor ditches plan for resort on site commemorating murder of 33,771 Jews by Nazis.

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Kiev's Mayor has scrapped a plan to build a hotel on a memorial site of one of the most notorious massacres of Jews during the Holocaust, following an international outcry.

Last week, the Kiev municipality approved a plan to build 28 hotels, including one on the memorial site of the Babi Yar attrocity, to accommodate the tens of thousands of visitors expected for soccer's 2012 European Championships.

But Mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi later used his veto to cancel the plan, according to reports Saturday.

On September 29 and 30, 1941, German SS troops, supported by other German units and local collaborators, gathered 33,771 Jewish civilians at the ravine outside Kiev and murdered them with machine guns.

After the Soviet Union's collapse, Ukraine set up a monument on the site.

Chernovetskyi has reportedly been interested in turning his city's remaining green space into real estate and is taking advantage of Euro 2012 to implement his plan, city sources said.