Iceland recognizes Holodomor as genocide against Ukrainian people

23 March, 07:33 PM
Parliament of Iceland (Photo:Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir/Twitter)

Parliament of Iceland (Photo:Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir/Twitter)

Iceland's parliament has unanimously recognized the Holodomor, Joseph Stalin’s man-made Great Famine of 1932-1933, as genocide against the Ukrainian people, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir tweeted on March 23.

"Today, Althingi recognised the man-made famine of the winter of 1932–1933 as genocide perpetrated by the totalitarian government in Moscow against the people of Ukraine," she said.

"In November I visited the Holodomor memorial in Kyiv. It was a heartbreaking reminder of a terrible crime."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Iceland for the decision.

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"Grateful to Iceland for recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people, for honoring the memory of millions of Ukrainians killed by the Moscow regime. It is a clear signal that such crimes do not go unpunished and do not have a statute of limitations," he responded on Twitter.

Last year marked 90 years since Soviet authorities deliberately organized measures to confiscate grain and other foodstuffs from Ukrainian civilians, directly leading to a man-made famine, called the Holodomor – one of the greatest tragedies in Ukrainian history.

It is estimated that between 3.5 million to 10 million Ukrainians died during the famine, though the exact number may never be known.

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