Ukrainian Parliament asks democratic states to consider Holodomor genocide

Source : 112 Ukraine

Millions of Ukrainians deceased in 1932-1933 due to the ill-will determined policy of the Soviet regime, - document
13:37, 7 December 2016

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the address to the democratic countries, urging them to officially recognize the 1933 Holodomor in Ukraine as the act of genocide of Ukrainians. 233 MPs supported the bill, with 226 necessary to pass the document.

‘Ukraine suffered a terrible tragedy in 1932-1933, when the man-made famine took millions of human lives. Such policy of the Soviet regime, which is directly responsible for the Holodomor, is the crime against humanity, according to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide’.

The Holodomor genocide question consists of the attempts to determine whether the Holodomor, the catastrophic man-made famine of 1933 that claimed millions of lives in Ukraine, was an ethnic genocide or an unintended result of the-then Soviet regime's actions in Ukraine. The event is recognized as a crime against humanity by the European Parliament, and the genocide in Ukraine, while the Russian Federation considers it part of the wider Soviet famine of 1932–33 and corresponding famine relief effort. The debate among historians is ongoing and there is no international consensus among scholars or governments on whether the Soviet policies that caused the famine fall under the legal definition of genocide.

By now, the Holodomor of 1933 is officially considered as genocide of Ukrainians by Canada, Australia, several EU member countries, such as Poland and Lithuania, and some other states.

The European Parliament, the UN General Assembly, the OSCE and PACE have so far only considered the Holodomor 'the crime of Stalinist regime,' abstaining to use the term 'genocide'.

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