Ukraine has requested the democratic countries of the world recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as genocide against the Ukrainian people. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the corresponding draft resolution on the 7th of December.
“By means of forced extortion of food products, blockades of villages and entire areas, prohibiting people from leaving the famine-affected areas of Ukraine, curtailing rural trade, and punishing dissenters, the criminal communist totalitarian regime created these living conditions for Ukrainians, which were aimed at their physical destruction,” reads the request.
In November 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a law providing for the recognition of the Holodomor as an act of genocide against Ukrainian people, as stated in the explanatory note.
In November 2015, the Ukrainian Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences released data showing that Ukraine lost 3.9 million or 13 percent of its entire population due to high mortality rate in 1932-1934 as a result of Holodomor (famine).
According to the researchers, 8.7 million people starved to death during that period in the whole of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.