Poroshenko Calls On Russia to 'Repent' for Holodomor

2017/11/26 13:04:49

"Not recognizing the Holodomor is as immoral as denying the Holocaust," the president said.









From RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, Nov 25, 2017


In central Kyiv on November 25, President Petro Poroshenko and hundreds of other people laid symbolic wheat ears and lit candles before the monument commemorating to victims of the famine.


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on Russia to recognize the famine that killed millions of people in Ukraine under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin as genocide, "or at least repent for it."


Poroshenko made the call at an event in central Kyiv on November 25, the official Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holodomor.


He also said that "the time has come" for Ukraine to adopt legislation against denying the genocide.


"Not recognizing the Holodomor is as immoral as denying the Holocaust," the president said.


Ukraine and about a dozen other countries have recognized the famine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.


The Day of Remembrance for the victims of the famine is marked in Ukraine every year on the fourth Saturday of November.


The Holodomor took place in 1932 and 1933 as Soviet authorities forced peasants in Ukraine to join collective farms by requisitioning their grain and other foodstuffs.


Historians say the seizure of the 1932 crop in Ukraine by Soviet authorities was the main cause of the famine. Moscow has long denied any systematic effort to target Ukrainians, arguing a poor harvest at the time wiped out many in other parts of the then Soviet Union.


It is estimated that as many as 9 million people may have died as a result of executions, deportation, and starvation during the Stalin-era campaign.



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