President urges the UN to recognize Holodomor as genocide

President urges the UN to recognize Holodomor as genocide

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urges the UN member states to recognize Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-33 as an act of genocide.

The President stated this during his speech at the 72 session of the UN General Assembly, the press service of the Head of State reported.

"The 72nd session of the General Assembly coincides with the 85th anniversary of one of the deadliest crimes of the 20th century – the crime of Holodomor. It was a man-made famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933 organized by the Stalin totalitarian regime that killed 7 to 10 million Ukrainians," the President said.

Poroshenko recalled the verdict of Dr. Raphael Lemkin, the author of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, who called the destruction of the Ukrainian nation "a classic example of genocide".

"I appeal to all UN member states to make their own historic judgement and to make decision by recognizing Holodomor as an act of genocide," the President addressed the General Assembly.


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