MPs condemned the Soviet famine in Ukraine

Petr Horník

MPs on Tuesday recalled the famine that broke out in Ukraine between 1932 and 1933 and recognized it as a genocide of the Ukrainian nation. The plenary also drew comparisons between that period and the current situation in the country, which has been facing Russian aggression for more than a month.

Specifically, the text of the resolution states that the House ‘recognizes the artificially induced famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as an appalling crime of genocide against the Ukrainian people and humanity and that it ‘strongly condemns these crimes against the Ukrainian people, mass repression and violations of human rights and freedoms.

In the statement, the House also said that it “expresses its determination, in the context of the current war aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, to contribute to the promotion of international principles, including the exposure of the perpetrators of these crimes, which would prevent a similar tragedy from being repeated anywhere in the world in the future.”

Already 15 years ago, parliamentarians condemned the famine as the work of a “monstrous, totalitarian regime.” According to the most pessimistic estimates of historians, it caused the deaths of up to ten million people throughout the Soviet Union. Half of them died in Ukraine, according to Kyiv scholars.

The decision of the Czech parliament is also reported by foreign media, including the independent Belarusian agency Nexta, which quotes a tweet by the Ukrainian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Yvhena Perebyinis. “I thank the Czech Parliament for recognizing the 1932-33 famine as genocide of the Ukrainian nation. Without condemning Stalin’s crimes against Ukraine, it is difficult to understand the essence of Putin’s attempts to subjugate and destroy the Ukrainian people.”