The National Assembly of France adopted a resolution in which the Holodomor - the mass famine of 1932-33 - is recognized as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. This is reported on the website of the lower house of the French parliament.
168 deputies voted for the adoption of the resolution, two against. The document emphasizes that the Holodomor was an artificially created famine that claimed the lives of four million Ukrainians, mostly peasants.
"This resolution is aimed at the recognition by the French authorities of this forced starvation of the Ukrainian population as genocide, as well as at the condemnation of the committed actions, which were characterized by extermination and massive violations of human rights and freedoms," the resolution reads.
Previously, similar resolutions were adopted by the parliaments of Germany, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, as well as the Senate of Ireland. The USA adopted a corresponding resolution back in 2018. Last December, the European Parliament recognized the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people and also condemned the crimes of Russia, which are being committed again against the Ukrainian people.
The Holodomor – a mass famine in the Ukrainian SSR in 1932–1933 – was caused by the Soviet government's policy of grain procurement and confiscation of all food supplies from Ukrainian peasants. As a result of the famine, at least 5 million people died, the exact numbers are unknown. Many historians agree that it was a purposefully organized famine on the territory of Ukraine by the Soviet authorities. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the Holodomor as genocide in 2006. The Russian authorities oppose such an assessment.