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The German parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution declaring that the 1930s famine in Ukraine fits the historical and political classification of a “genocide,” blaming it on the Soviet Union. The resolution means Berlin should continue to support Ukraine against Russia, its authors said.
“The mass deaths from starvation were not the result of failed harvests, but were the responsibility of the political leadership of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin,” said the Bundestag press release. Referring to the 1930s famine by the Ukrainian term “Holodomor,” the German MPs said it represented a “crime against humanity” and that from today’s perspective its “historical-political classification as genocide is obvious.”
According to the resolution, “in the winter of 1932/1933 alone, 3-3.5 million people starved to death in the Ukraine.” While “millions of people lost their lives as a result of politically induced famines” in other parts of the USSR, the authors acknowledge, they insist the famine in Ukraine was a Soviet project to destroy “the Ukrainian way of life, language and culture.”
The resolution requires the German government to “continue to decisively counteract any attempts to launch one-sided Russian historical narratives,” while providing “political support” to the Holodomor victims, meaning the government in Kiev.
Describing Ukraine as a victim of Russian aggression and imperialism, the Bundestag insists Germany should continue to give it “political, financial, humanitarian and military support.”
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