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German Bundestag (Parliament) approved a resolution describing the so-called Holodomor - the mass starvation in the USSR in the early 1930s - as genocide. The document was prepared and put up for discussion by fractions of both the ruling parties in Germany (Social Democratic Party of Germany, "Greens" and Free Democrats) and the opposition conservative bloc CDU/CSU. The meeting was broadcast Wednesday on the website of the German parliament.

Deputies from the above political forces voted for the resolution. Parliamentarians from the factions of the Left Party and Alternative for Germany abstained.

The document said that the entire Ukraine suffered from hunger and repressions, and not only the regions that produced grain. "Thus, from today's perspective, the historical and political designation [of those events] as genocide is called for. The German Bundestag shares the view on such a classification," the resolution reads.

Germany has become the 19th country to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide against the Ukrainian people. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this decision was supported by all the democratic factions of the German parliament - the Social Democrats, the Free Democrats, the Greens and the CDU/CSU.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba noted that Germany's recognition of the Holodomor as the genocide of the Ukrainian people is not just a historical decision.

"This is an event that we have been told for years: it will never happen. Simply because it won't. But the principle of President Zelensky's foreign policy is that nothing is impossible," he noted.

Kuleba said it restores historical justice and honors the millions of victims of the genocide that "Stalin and his henchmen committed against our people."

"The world could not stop this crime then, but can at least stop the Russian lies about it now and call it what it was: genocide," the minister added.

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