A document on recognition of the Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide must be approved by the Senate. Ukrainians continue to defend their independence from the Russian aggression, said Senator Rob Portman.
The international relations Committee of the U.S. Senate endorsed the draft resolution, devoted to 85-th anniversary of Holodomor in Ukraine. This was announced by the Senator from Ohio, co-Chairman of “Ukrainian Caucus” (the profile group of the Senate) Rob Portman on his website on Wednesday, September 26. The famine was “deliberate destruction of a large part of Ukrainian society in 1932-1933, Stalin committed,” said Portman. He recalled that in 2015 in Washington, opened the memorial to victims of Holodomor.
“We must never forget the atrocities committed by the Soviet Union against the Ukrainian people during the Holodomor,” said the Senator. Ukraine at the moment “continues to struggle, aiming to protect their independence and sovereignty against Russian aggression,” said Portman.
“Systematic violations of human rights”
The document in which the Holodomor is referred to as genocide, pays tribute to “the millions of Ukrainians who died at the behest of the totalitarian government of Stalin in the former Soviet Union, which perpetrated a deliberate famine in the winter of 1932-1933, to break the resistance to the Communist occupation”. The authors condemn “systematic violations of human rights” perpetrated by the Soviet authorities against the Ukrainian people, and urged to disseminate information about the Ukrainian famine in the world.
The draft resolution, which was supported by the representatives of both Democratic and Republican parties were presented in the Senate in mid-March, Portman and the other co-Chairman of “Ukrainian Caucus,” Dick Durbin. After the approval of the Committee on international relations, the document will be voted on in the Senate. Earlier the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States called the draft resolution “an important step” in the process of recognition of Holodomor as act of genocide against the Ukrainian people and anchoring of this decision in international law.
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