Germany will recognize the Holodomor, the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s, as a “genocide”

Germany will pass a resolution recognizing as one “genocide” the famine in Ukraine caused by the Stalinist regime 90 years ago, according to a coalition and opposition draft resolution unveiled on Friday 25 November.

This, tabled by the ruling coalition formed by the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the liberals of the FDP, as well as the conservative opposition CDU-CSU, will be discussed next Wednesday in the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament.

In 1932 and 1933 about 3.5 million Ukrainians were victims of the “Holodomor” (meaning “extermination by starvation” in Ukrainian) perpetrated by the Stalinist regime. Crops were confiscated in the name of land collectivization.

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This famine is part of “on the list of inhuman crimes committed by totalitarian systems that have led to the disappearance of millions of human lives in Europe, especially in the first half of the 20th centurye century “condemns the motion for a resolution consulted by Agence France-Presse.

This crime “is part of our common history as Europeans”. “The whole of Ukraine has been hit by famine and repression, not just the grain-producing regions”underlines the motion for a resolution. “From the current perspective, it is therefore clear that this is a genocide on a historical and political level”he adds.

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Russia categorically refuses such a classification

This classification as “genocide”, a concept coined during World War II, also takes on current significance with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Once again, violence and terror must deprive Ukraine of its vital bases and subjugate the entire country”, emphasizes ecologist deputy Robin Wagener, who is one of those who wrote the text. Calling the Holodomor “genocide” is one “warning signal”According to him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “is part of Stalin’s cruel and criminal tradition”also sues Mr. Wagener.

Ukraine has been campaigning for years to have the Holodomor recognized as genocide. Russia categorically refuses such a classification, because the great famine that raged in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s killed not only Ukrainians, but also Russians, Kazakhs, Volga Germans and other peoples.

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