“Holodomor”, was Soviet genocide in Ukraine. So voted the European Parliament which therefore recognized as genocide the artificial famine, known as the Holodomor, caused by the Soviet regime in Ukraine in 1932-1933. MEPs “strongly condemn these acts that caused the death of millions of Ukrainians and call on all countries and organizations that have not yet done so to recognize the Holodomor as genocide”, reads a statement. The non-legislative text was adopted with 507 votes in favour, 12 against and 17 abstentions.
In the adopted resolution, MEPs deplore the fact that, 90 years after the Holodomor, Russia is committing new crimes in Ukraine. Parliament affirms that “the normalization and glorification of the Soviet totalitarian regime and the resurgence of the cult of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin have led Russia today to be a state sponsor of terrorism” and condemns “the horrific Russian crimes perpetrated once again against the people of Ukraine, such as the targeted destruction of civilian energy infrastructure during the winter”.
The resolution accuses Moscow of undermining Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seeking to eliminate the country as a nation state and destroying the identity and culture of its people, and condemns the fact that the ongoing war has led to a global food crisis. “Russia is destroying and plundering Ukraine’s grain reserves and continues to make it difficult for Ukrainian grain to be exported to the world’s poorest countries,” the European Parliament stressed.
Finally, the plenary calls on the EU and third countries to raise public awareness of the Holodomor events and other crimes committed by the Soviet totalitarian regime and on the Russian Federation, as the main successor of the Soviet Union, to apologize for these crimes.
“I congratulate the European Parliament for recognizing the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people”. Like this Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky on Twitter following the announcement of the decision by the European Union. “I am grateful to President Roberta Metsola”, he wrote in the tweet, “to the MEPs and all of Europe united for this important and just decision”, “I hope for further recognition of the Holodomor as a genocide by all civilized countries of the world “.