Romania recognized the Holodomor as a crime against humanity and the Ukrainian people
Since 1998, the last Saturday in November has been celebrated in Ukraine as Holodomor Remembrance Day.
The relevant resolution "On the appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the parliaments of the states of the world regarding the recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as the genocide of the Ukrainian people" (No. 8199) was supported by 310 parliamentarians.
Thus, the text of the appeal states that in 1932-1933, the communist totalitarian regime of the USSR planned and implemented in Ukraine the crime of extermination of millions of Ukrainians by starvation. The word Holodomor is used to refer to this tragedy.
As of 2022, 20 countries have officially recognized the Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people, including Ukraine, Australia, Brazil, the Vatican, Georgia, Ecuador, Estonia, Canada, Colombia, Lithuania, Latvia, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, Poland, the United States, Hungary, Portugal and the Czech Republic, with Romania becoming the twentieth
The Holodomor was a unique killing within the Soviet Union in terms of the scale, pace and nature of the crimes committed by the leaders and institutions of the Soviet Union. In the early 1930s the courage and determination of Ukrainians to resist collectivisation caused unbridled hatred of the totalitarian system. Historians estimate that in the early 1930s there were over 4 000 revolts against collectivisation, taxation, terror and Soviet violence. (...) The loss of human life was estimated at 10 million victims. The real figures are not
The gepress newspaper reported on Thursday that 248 officials and politicians supported the decision by votes in favour. Only one person abstained.
As a reminder, during a meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed with him his country's recognition of the Holodomor as a genocide of Ukrainians.
Zelenskyy said this at a joint press conference with the British prime minister.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba calls on the German Bundestag to recognize the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people just in November, when the 90th anniversary of this tragedy is marked.
He wrote about it in his article for the publication Welt, European Pravda reports.
Our lesson from history is that when we lose our own freedom and state, we are defenceless against genocide. At that time Ukraine did not have its own government, let alone an army. This is one of the reasons why we are fighting so desperately for our right to exist today, when a new Russian dictator came to destroy our people in a genocidal war. We know that our lives and those of our children are at stake," Kuleba claimed.
The minister noted that 90 years ago the world allowed millions of people to die at the hands of a tyrant.
The least the world can do now for the victims of this crime is to tell the truth, call a spade a spade and recognize the Holodomor as genocide. The world could not save their lives, but at least it can save the memory of them," Kuleba stated.
This is why we urge the Bundestag to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people right now, in November, on the eve of the 90th anniversary of this tragedy. Now more than ever, it is important not to look for blurred phrases," he added.
The Joint Transition Cabinet of Belarus has recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people and condemned the crimes committed by the communist authorities against the national republics of the USSR in the interwar period.
In the resolution, the Cabinet of Ministers refers to the evidence of communist crimes that contributed to the law "On the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine" which was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament in 2006. The Cabinet of Ministers also drew attention to the European Parliament resolution of 2008 on honoring the memory of Holodomor victims.
We resolve to recognize the criminal policy of the communist state against the people of Ukraine, which led to an artificial famine in 1932-1933, as an act of genocide of the Ukrainian people and a crime against humanity. We also condemn these and other crimes committed by the communist government against the national republics of the Soviet Union during the interwar period," the document stresses.
In early November, a commemoration of the Holodomor victims was held at the UN headquarters in New York on the theme "Holodomor as a weapon: its long-term consequences for human beings and human development.
In November, Ukraine remembers the victims of the Holodomor of 1932-1933, which killed at least 3.9 million people. The total number of victims in the USSR is about seven million.