The German parliament has approved a symbolic resolution recognizing the famine of the 1930s in Ukraine as “genocide”.
Known in Ukraine as “Holodomor” – which means starvation murder – the famine is believed to have killed more than 3 million Ukrainians under the repressive regime of then-Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
Some historians argue that Stalin deliberately orchestrated the famine to wipe out the Ukrainian independence movement. Others say the Holodomor was the result of the Soviet Union’s botched policies to collectivize farmland.
According to the resolution presented to the Bundestag – the lower house of the German parliament – by the three parties of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition government and the main opposition bloc, “the mass deaths from hunger are not the result of bad harvests; the political leadership of the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin was responsible for it.”
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