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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukraine Pushes for Resolution

UNITED NATIONS -- Ukraine is campaigning for a UN General Assembly resolution that would declare the 1932-33 famine that killed up to 10 million people a genocide, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk said.

Ukraine has the support of several countries, and Tarasyuk will use the two-week annual United Nations General Assembly event now under way to canvas dozens more, he said this week. The resolution would accuse Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's regime of deliberately instigating what Ukrainians call the Great Famine.

"We expect that the delegations here at the United Nations will deplore this artificially-made famine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people," Tarasyuk said.

"We would like the international community to pay tribute to those who perished," he said.

Stalin provoked the famine as part of his campaign to force Ukrainian peasants to give up their land and join collective farms. Cannibalism was widespread during the height of the disaster, which was enforced by the confiscation of all food by the Soviet secret police.

Ukraine will mark the 75th anniversary of the famine in 2008, and Tarasyuk said that would be an appropriate time for a General Assembly resolution deeming it genocide.