During the famine of 1932 and 1933, almost four million Ukrainians perished.
BERLIN. Based on the will of the ruling coalition and the opposition Christian Democrats, the German Bundestag will recognize the targeted famine caused by Soviet dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin in Ukraine 90 years ago as genocide.
It is a joint proposal from the workshop of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the Greens, the Free Democratic Party and the CDU/CSU bloc.
The Bundestag is to discuss and decide on the draft of this resolution on Wednesday. During the famine of 1932 and 1933, almost four million Ukrainians perished. At that time, there were also casualties in other parts of the Soviet Union, including Kazakhstan and the south of Russia.
Several countries have already condemned this famine and called it a genocide of the Ukrainian nation. In connection with the Russian aggression in Ukraine, Ireland, Moldova and Romania also did so.
“Famine and reprisals have affected the whole of Ukraine, not only its grain-producing regions,” the proposal states, according to the daily Spiegel. “From today’s point of view, this represents a historical-political classification of genocide. The German Bundestag identifies with such a classification,” wrote the initiators around the Green MP Robin Wagener, who chairs the German-Ukrainian parliamentary group in the Bundestag.
Furthermore, the draft resolution states that the famine is included “on the list of inhumane crimes of totalitarian systems, as a result of which millions of human lives were wiped out in Europe, especially in the first half of the 20th century.”