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EU Parliament recognized Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainian people

Dec 15, 2022

The European Parliament adopted by a majority vote a resolution which recognizes those terrible events of the 1930s as genocide of the Ukrainian people.

According to Ukrinform, the document condemning the artificial Holodomor in Ukraine was passed by a majority vote: 507 deputies voted "for," 12 voted "against," and 17 abstained.

"The European Parliament...recognizes the Holodomor, the artificial famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine, which was caused by deliberate actions of the Soviet regime, as genocide against the people of Ukraine; strongly condemns such actions of the totalitarian Soviet regime, which led to the death of millions of Ukrainians and significantly undermined the foundation of Ukrainian society," the document says.

The resolution expresses solidarity with the people of Ukraine and honors the memory of millions of people who died as a result of the Stalinist regime's deliberate actions to organize an artificial famine.

"The European Parliament calls on all countries, especially the Russian Federation, as well as other countries that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to open their archives concerning the famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine; encourages EU member states and third countries to promote awareness of these events, as well as other crimes committed by the Soviet regime, by introducing historical knowledge about them in educational and research programs to prevent similar tragedies in the future," the European Parliament resolution notes.

MEPs also condemned that at a time when the ninetieth anniversary of the Holodomor is celebrated, Russia continues its aggressive war against Ukraine, violates its sovereignty and territorial integrity, seeks to liquidate Ukraine as a nation state and destroy the identity and culture of its people.

At the same time, the resolution condemns the actions of Russia, whose aggression against Ukraine caused a global food crisis. Russia destroyed and stole grain storage facilities in Ukraine and continues to prevent Ukraine from exporting Ukrainian grain to the world's most needy countries.

The adopted European Parliament Resolution will be forwarded to the Verkhovna Rada, the president and the government of Ukraine, the high representative of the EU, the Council of the EU, the European Commission, the governments and parliaments of the EU member states, the president, the government and the parliament of the Russian Federation, the UN secretary general, the secretary general of OSCE and the secretary general of the Council of Europe.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 15/12/2022

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