Kyiv: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for the adoption of a bill under which the responsibility for denying the Holodomor and the Holocaust will be foreseen.
"Today we commemorate the eighty fifth anniversary of the Holodomor - not the greatest misfortune in the history of Ukraine and one of the most terrible tragedies in the history of humanity of the last century. Our descendants should always remember that it was not just an artificial famine, but a carefully planned Holodomor. Moreover, it is genocide, by all indications, as defined in the UN Convention of December 9, 1948. 14 countries at the level of parliaments recognized the Holodomor as genocide. Ukrainian diplomacy continues to carry the truth to the peoples of the world. Not to recognize the Holodomor is as immoral as denying the Holocaust. It's time for us to pass a law on responsibility for not recognizing these two unprecedentedly terrible tragedies, "Poroshenko said.
In addition, Poroshenko called all political forces to unity.
Today, on November 25, Ukraine honors the memory of the victims of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 and the famines of 1921-1923 and 1946-1947.
According to the Ukrainian Institute of Demography, as a result of the Holodomor in Ukraine, 3 million 943 thousand Ukrainians died.
The Holodomor of the Ukrainian people was conducted by the Soviet authorities during 1932-1933. The most affected were the villagers, in whom food was forcibly seized. In 2006, the Ukrainian parliament officially recognized the Holodomor as a genocide of the Ukrainian people, 16 countries joined the decision, including the United States, Canada, Poland, Georgia and others.