Ukrainian parliament declares Russia's actions in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people

16 April, 10:43 AM
Action in support of Ukraine in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 9, 2022. (Photo:REUTERS/Carla Carniel)

Action in support of Ukraine in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 9, 2022. (Photo:REUTERS/Carla Carniel)

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has declared the actions of Russia and its army against Ukrainians as genocidal, and called on the international community to condemn the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Russian invaders, Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Viatrovych wrote on Facebook on April 14.

363 lawmakers backed the resolution.

The Verkhovna Rada calls on the UN, the European Parliament, the PACE, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and the governments and parliaments of eight other states to recognize that Russia is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people, as well as crimes against humanity and war crimes in Ukraine.

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The text of the resolution states that the Russian invaders seek to destroy the Ukrainian people by killing civilians and creating conditions for the total or partial extermination of Ukrainians, as well as by taking Ukrainian children to Russia or the temporarily occupied territories.

The invaders have committed atrocities in the temporarily occupied territories, including Bucha, Borodyanka, Hostomel and Irpin, killing, abducting, torturing and raping civilians, as well as deliberately striking civilian objects that are under special protection (hospitals, schools, kindergartens).

Additionally, they are blockading settlements and destroying civilian infrastructure, preventing the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of humanitarian supplies, and depriving people of access to basic needs. In the temporarily occupied territories, the Russians are banning the use of the Ukrainian language and Ukrainian books, introducing instruction in Russian and with Russian propaganda, as well as confiscating Ukrainian literature from libraries that refutes Kremlin propaganda.

Additional laws passed by the parliament include a ban on the symbols used by the Russian invaders in Ukraine, (the letters Z and V), and the recognition of Russia as a terrorist state.

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