PACE Recognises the Holodomor as Genocide of the Ukrainian People
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has recognised the famine artificially created by the Soviet authorities on the territory of Ukraine in 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people.
This information is reported on the official page of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The decision was adopted by an overwhelming majority (73 in favor, 1 against) during the joint debates on "The Role of the Council of Europe in Conflict Prevention, Restoring Trust in International Institutions, and Promoting Global Peace" and "Ensuring a Just Peace in Ukraine and Lasting Security in Europe."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that this decision sends a clear signal that "just punishment for all past and present crimes of Moscow is inevitable."
"I thank PACE for recognizing the 1932-1933 Stalin-induced Holodomor as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. It is also important that PACE called on all parliaments of the member countries of the Council of Europe and other parliaments to follow this example. This is right from moral, historical, and political perspectives," emphasized Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in response to this decision.
As of now, the Holodomor has been recognized as genocide of the Ukrainian people by the governments of 28 states, including Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Georgia, Ecuador, Estonia, Iceland, Canada, Colombia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Germany, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United States, Hungary, France, Croatia, and the Czech Republic, as well as the European Parliament.
The totalitarian regime in the USSR began to establish itself in the 1920s with the rise of dictator Joseph Stalin to power. Usurpation led to discontent throughout the Soviet Union, especially felt on the territory of Ukraine.
In the 1930s, Ukraine witnessed a wave of mass protests against forced collectivization, during which private households were eliminated, and people's property was expropriated for so-called collective farms, "kolkhozes." In Ukraine, where private ownership was widespread, over 4,000 mass protests were recorded within a year, with approximately 1.2 million people participating.
In response to the defiance, an artificial mass famine was created on the territory of Ukraine during 1932-1933. By Moscow's order, grain, cereals, food products, and livestock were confiscated in areas of Ukrainian population, and leaving one's place of residence was prohibited. Blocked and left without food, people began to die of starvation en masse.
According to various estimates, between 5 to 10 million people perished due to the Holodomor. The exact number of victims remains undetermined, as the USSR meticulously concealed and falsified facts about its anti-human crimes.
Today, it has also become known that PACE recognized Russia as a dictatorial state and called for the recognition of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin as illegitimate after the end of his current term.