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U.S. Senate recognizes Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainian people

The Senate included the conclusion of the government commission of the U.S. on the famine in Ukraine dated April 22, 1988 to the document
19:43, 4 October 2018

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The Senate of the U.S. has recognized the Holodomor 1932-1933 as the genocide of the Ukrainian people as the press service of Ukraine's Embassy to the U.S. reported on Facebook.

"The U.S. Senate adopted the two-party resolution by unanimous vote, which became the first ever legislative act of the U.S. Congress, where Holodomor 1932-1933 is recognized as the genocide of the Ukrainian nation," the message said.

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It is noted that the Senate included the conclusion of the government commission of the U.S. on the famine in Ukraine dated April 22, 1988 to the document. It states that "Stalin and his environment committed genocide against the Ukrainians."

Thus, the resolution condemns the systematic violations of the human rights, including the rights for the self-determination and freedom of speech committed by the Soviet government against the Ukrainian people, expresses the condolences to the victims and their families as well as contains the urge to spread the information to raise awareness in the world about the artificial nature of this tragedy.

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"Such draft resolution was also approved by the Committee on Foreign Affairs of Representatives House of the U.S. Congress and its consideration during the plenary session is expected," the embassy reported.

The Embassy of Ukraine to the U.S. expressed the gratitude to the U.S. Senate and main co-authors of the resolution.

Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the UN to recognize Holodomor as genocide during his speech at the UNGA.

Related: Draft resolution on recognition of Holodomor as genocide presented in U.S. Congress

The Holodomor lasted for 17 months – from April 1932 to November 1933. The researchers have not defined the number of victims yet. They name the numbers from 1,8 million to 10 million. Most of the experts believe that the number of victims is from 3 to 3,5 million.

Many countries, including some states in the U.S. and governments of particular cities recognized Holodomor of 1932-1933 as the act of genocide of the Ukrainian nation.

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