President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the member countries of the UN to recognize the Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 an act of genocide.
“The United Nations has always played a leading role in ensuring that the crimes of the past could never be repeated. (…) I call on all member States of the UN to adopt its own historic decision on the recognition of Holodomor as act of genocide”, – said Poroshenko, speaking at the General debate of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday in new York.
He pointed out that the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly coincides with the 85th anniversary of “one of the deadliest crimes” of the twentieth century – the Holodomor.
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“It was an artificial famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933, organized by the totalitarian regime of Stalin, which led to the deaths of 7 to 10 million Ukrainians”, – said Poroshenko.
The President noted that Dr. Raphael Lemkin, the author of the Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, called the destruction of the Ukrainian nation as a “classic example of genocide”.
Previously Petro Poroshenko spoke at a meeting of the UN security Council formally calling for an international organization to enter a peacekeeping mission in the Donbass.