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Yushchenko Urges Recognition of 1930s Famine as Genocide


Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has called on the international community to recognize as genocide the famine of the 1930's that killed up to 10 million Ukrainians.

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's policies to force Ukrainian peasants into collective farms provoked the 1932-1933 famine.

In comments in Kiev, Mr. Yushchenko said the world must become aware of the tragedy. He noted that countries such as Austria, Canada, Hungary, Lithuania and the United States have already recognized the famine as genocide.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and AP.

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