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Ukraine Parliament Calls Famine Genocide


Ukraine's parliament has adopted a bill describing the famine of the 1930s as genocide.

Lawmakers Tuesday backed the measure, which calls the event genocide against the Ukrainian people. An earlier draft had called it genocide against the Ukrainian nation.

Ukraine was under Soviet leadership at the time of the famine in 1932-33. The famine killed as many as 10 million people in what was then Soviet Ukraine. Many analysts say the famine was not from natural causes, but instead was the result of government policies under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko supported the bill. On Saturday, he spoke in the capital, Kiev, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the tragedy, known in Ukraine as the Holodomor.

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