This year Ukraine commemorates the 75th anniversary of the 193233 Holodomor, during which at least 5 million Ukrainians are estimated to have died as a result of forced starvation and collectivization under Stalin. Kyiv’s efforts to gain worldwide recognition of the tragedy as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people have been fiercely opposed by Russia, who has recently succeeded in using its political influence to prevent such recognition. Most recently, the United Nations General Assembly refused to discuss the Holodomor’s commemoration in the current session’s discussions at a plenary session on July 11. The decision came after one Member State, Russia, opposed a proposal by Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe passed a resolution on July 3 to acknowledge the Ukrainian Famine, despite objections from Russia and Kazakhstan. The resolution fell short of calling it an act of genocide. Speaker of the Russian Federation Council, Sergey Mironov, called the resolution “complete nonsense.”
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