The Upper House of the US Congress adopted a resolution recognizing the Holodomor, a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians, as genocide of the Ukrainian people, the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States reported on Facebook.
“The US Senate unanimously adopted a bipartisan resolution, which was the first legal act in the history of the US Congress, where the Holodomor of 1932-1933 was recognized as the genocide of the Ukrainian people,” reads the statement.
The operative part of the document states that the US Senate recognizes the conclusions of the US Government Commission regarding the famine in Ukraine (of April 22, 1988) that "Stalin and his entourage committed genocide against Ukrainians in 1932-1933."
The resolution also condemns the systematic violations of human rights, including the rights to self-determination and freedom of speech committed by the Soviet government against the Ukrainian people.
Senators express deep condolences to the Holodomor survivors and their families, and also call for spreading information about the Holodomor to raise awareness in the world of the artificial nature of the tragedy.
“We are sincerely grateful to the US Senate and the main co-authors of the resolution, Senators Robert Portman and Richard Durbin, for this decision of historical significance,” the embassy noted.
Earlier, the resolution on recognizing the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as the genocide of the Ukrainian people on September 26 was approved by the Committee on Foreign Relations of the US Senate.