The Great Famine-Genocide in Soviet Ukraine (Holodomor)

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UKRAINE NOT TO DEMAND APOLOGY FROM RUSSIA OVER STALIN-ERA FAMINE
  

ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian, 26 Aug 03
BBC Monitoring Service, UK, in English, Aug 26, 2003

 

Kiev, 26 August: Ukraine does not intend to demand apologies from Russia for the 1932-33 famine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Anatoliy Zlenko told journalists today. "We are trying not to bring this issue to a head," he said. "It is crucial that we involve different countries in seeking a solution to this problem, in order to make sure that the 70th anniversary of the tragedy is recognized as a commemorative event," the minister believes.

Ukraine survived three famines in the 20th century: in 1921-23, 1932-33 and 1946-47. According to estimates by Ukrainian historians, in the 1932-33 famine alone, which resulted from administrative measures by Soviet authorities, the death toll was 7m-10m. In May 2003, the Ukrainian parliament declared that the famine in the 1930s was genocide of the Ukrainian people, and some political forces insist that Russia should make public apologies.

The Russian ambassador to Ukraine, Viktor Chernomyrdin, has recently addressed these demands. He stated that Russia had nothing to apologize for to anyone. Russia, as the USSR's assignee, had taken on its debt obligations and other commitments, and it should be thanked for it, the ambassador said. He expressed surprise at the accusations being levelled at Russia over the famine.


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