Former Ukraine PM talks about famine

Nov. 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said President Viktor Yanukovych's position on the 1932-1933 famine is outrageous.

Tymoshenko spoke at a memorial for those who died in the famine, RIA Novosti reported. Yanukovych said earlier this year that the famine, which has been blamed on economic policies adopted by Soviet strongman Josef Stalin, should not be called a genocide aimed at Ukrainians.

"It is a pity that the current leadership of Ukraine denies genocide, committing outrages upon the memory of millions of victims of Holodomor," Tymoshenko said, using the Ukrainian name for the famine. "This is not an everyday violation of laws, this is a violation of universal norms of morality."

Three million Ukrainians died in the famine and millions more elsewhere in the Soviet Union.

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