According to the Ukrainian Embassy in London, the United Kingdom has refused to recognize the famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933 as genocide, Voice of America reported on November 26.
UK Government’s statement published by the Ukrainian embassy reads, “The Holodomor pre-dates the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide which established genocide as a concept in international law and international law cannot be applied retrospectively.”
According to the Ukrainian Embassy in the United Kingdom, London could find a way out by initiating a lawsuit on the Holodomor case, and then qualify it as ‘genocide’, but it didn’t do that.
Former president of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko signed the law ‘On the 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine’ on November 26, 2006. Having recognized the famine as genocide, Ukraine started working towards a similar recognition from other countries. As a result, 23 countries including the US, Canada, Italy, and Spain, recognized the famine as genocide of the Ukrainian people. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova, Kiev’s attempt to present the famine of the 1930s as ‘the genocide of the Ukrainian people’ is politicized and antihistorical. The famine in 1933 affected not only Ukraine, but also Belarus, the Volga region, the Southern Urals, Western Siberia, Kazakhstan, and the North Caucasus. “Therefore, the representation of these events as a deliberate policy to destroy the Ukrainian nation contradicts historical facts and is a cynical speculation on the memory of the millions of victims for political reasons,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency