French Senate recognizes Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people

17 May, 11:58 PM
The Holodomor (Photo:Embassy of Ukraine in the USA / Facebook)

The Holodomor (Photo:Embassy of Ukraine in the USA / Facebook)

The upper chamber of the French parliament – the Senate – has voted to recognize Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a Twitter post on May 17.

“I am grateful to French senators for this historic vote which restores justice and honors the memory of millions of victims,” said Kuleba.

“Such crimes should never repeat and never be forgotten.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also welcomed the vote, calling it a “historic decision.”

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"I thank all the senators who initiated and supported the resolution; another important step towards restoring historical justice and honoring the memory of millions of Ukrainians who were starved to death," the president said.

In March, France’s National Assembly passed a similar resolution, recognizing the Soviet-engineered famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as genocide.

The resolution stated that several agricultural regions of the USSR, including Kazakhstan, the North Caucasus, and Ukraine, experienced a famine in the years 1930-1933, which led to the deaths of 7-8 million people.

On Dec. 15, 2022, the European Parliament voted to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

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