UK Parliament recognizes Ukrainian Holodomor as genocide
The House of Commons of the British Parliament has unanimously recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people - the intentional extermination of Ukrainians organized by the Kremlin dictator Stalin.
“We hope this goes some way to remember and commemorate the millions of Ukrainians who were starved to death. We stand with our friends in Ukraine,” Alicia Kearns MP wrote on Twitter.
Conservative MP Pauline Latham tabled the relevant motion to the House of Commons to recognize Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide. She stressed the artificiality of the famine in Ukraine in the early 30s of the last century, emphasizing that the famine was the result of bloody terror organized by the leadership of the Soviet Union.
“Moscow then exported millions of tonnes of grain to the west while Ukrainians were dying in Stalin’s forced famine. The word “holodomor” means to inflict death by hunger, and that is exactly what the USSR did in Ukraine,” Latham said in her speech to the Parliament.
She also drew historical parallels between Moscow's policy then and now, when the Russian Federation illegally exports Ukrainian grain from the occupied parts of Ukraine.
"We must give confidence to the Ukrainian Government and the international legal order that the UK Government —or at least the UK Parliament—will not stand for human rights abuses and war crimes,” Latham stated.
It was after Russia's full-fledged invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 that the issue of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine began to be discussed more widely in the parliaments of European countries. Since then, the parliaments of Belgium, Ireland, Romania, Moldova, the Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, and France have recognized Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide. In total, the EU and 28 other countries, including the United States, Canada, and Australia, have officially recognized Holodomor as genocide.
In December 2022, the European Parliament supported a resolution recognizing Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people. MEPs then called on the Russian Federation, as the primary successor of the Soviet Union, to apologize to the Ukrainian people for the crimes of the Soviet regime against Ukraine.
The exact number of Ukrainians who died as a result of the Kremlin's man-made famine is still being investigated. After all, the totalitarian system concealed and falsified data, and the very mention of the Holodomor was forbidden. Experts estimate that between 7 and 10 million people were killed.