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Yanukovych: Famine of 1930s was not genocide against Ukrainians

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April 27, 2010, 3:33 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Yanukovych: It would be wrong to recognize the Holodomor as an act of genocide against one nation

The famine of 1932-1933 was a common tragedy that struck Ukrainians and other Soviet peoples, and it cannot be regarded as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told PACE members in Strasbourg. "The Holodomor was in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. It was the result of Stalin's totalitarian regime. But it would be wrong and unfair to recognize the Holodomor as an act of genocide against one nation," Yanukovych said.

"It was a common tragedy for all people who lived in the former Soviet Union," he said.
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Anonymous April 27, 2010, 3:50 p.m.    

Stalin's puppet has spoken. What can you expect from a convicted criminal (rapist, murderer and fraudster) Now the public enemy of Ukraine. If this was about the holocaust he would be sitting in jail (again)

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Anonymous April 27, 2010, 3:53 p.m.    

What a pathetic excuse for a president. An apologist for one of the greatest murderers of all time. Just as the muscovites are admitting to murdering thousands of Polish military eventually the gutless wonders will own up to the Holodomor. That is if they don't destroy all the archives first which is what this criminal is now doing.

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Anonymous April 27, 2010, 4:09 p.m.    

your tune is fake, old, irrelevant, and annoying. move on.

Holodomor was one of the great tragedies of the Soviet Union. So what? Want to talk about it forever? Get rid of your victimhood and instead do something productive today.

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Anonymous April 27, 2010, 4:01 p.m.    

Putins writes the speeches of Yanu..well Ukraine loves Yanu..why?

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Anonymous April 27, 2010, 4:07 p.m.    

FINALLY! After five years of bullshit, truth is being spoken about what Holodomor really was!

Not a huge fan of Yanu, per se, but in this case he is 100% right on.

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Anonymous May 7, 2010, 4:55 p.m.    

Where in russia did they die; were there any dead bodies from forced starvation in the streets of moscow, leningrad or stalingrad?

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Gene Nelson April 27, 2010, 4:40 p.m.    

Very disappointing to hear him saying this, but not unexpected considering his ties, as well as those in his administrations, their ties with Russia.

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Anonymous April 27, 2010, 7:29 p.m.    

Yanukovych is Putin &quot;wonnabe&quot;, and Putin is Stalin &quot;wonnabe&quot;.

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Anonymous April 28, 2010, 1:49 a.m.    

And you are a Hitler wannabe.

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Anonymous April 28, 2010, 3:54 a.m.    

Sure, anybody who wants to see Ukraine independant and remember its history is called facist by russians. You call that Polish people, Latvians, Georgians, Czech... when they stick to their values and history. That's beacause you don't have your own.

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Anonymous May 7, 2010, 4:53 p.m.    

Russian racists and nationalists never cease to scream obscenities and threats at Africans, Muslims, Chinese, etc. And shout out “Russia for the Russians”. But these Russian racists and nationalists have nothing to say about their “brethren” in the Baltic States? Surely Estonia should be for Estonians, Latvia for Latvians, and Lithuania for Lithuanians?

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Anonymous April 28, 2010, 1:48 a.m.    

Quite simply the famine of the early 30s killed people NOT ONLY of Ukraine but also Russia,Kazakistan and Belorus. The STUPID BLIND diaspora can say what they want but they onlt look like bigger fools when they open single-minded facist mouths. And who can put any stock in what the diaspora says anyway when they FLED UKRAINE LIKE COWARDS!!!

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Anonymous April 29, 2010, 6:19 a.m.    

Barely any Russians died, know your facts.

And fled like cowards? When you're being murdered en masse, how can you go back? And all those who fought in the fight for Ukrainian freedom weren't allowed to come back by the Moscow controlled Communist Party of Ukraine.

The only cowards are those who sided with communist evil against their own people.

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Anonymous May 7, 2010, 4:59 p.m.    

&gt;&gt; 1945 Yalta agreement. Key points of the meeting are as follows: Citizens of the Soviet Union and of Yugoslavia were to be handed over to their respective countries, regardless of their consent.

There were three to five and a half million (3,000,000 – 5,500,000) Ukrainian Untermenschen [Ukrainians were considered sub-human by the Nazis] OST-Arbeiters [slave labor] that were kidnapped from Ukraine, by the Nazis, to work in Germany. Also, many Ukrainians were in the German concentration camps, and there were Ukrainian POW’s too. When the allies gave the Ukrainians to the KGB handlers from the kremlin, many were shot or hung. Most of the rest were loaded into cattle cars and transported east. Unfortunately, the trains did not stop before the borders of Eastern Ukraine; instead, the trains went directly to the gulags, because of the orders from the kremlin {PROUNOUNCED GENOCIDE} . During the cold winter months, about 50 % of the Ukrainians died during transport to the gulags. Neither bullets nor gas chambers were needed in the kremlin’s death camps. A third of the prisoners died each year from cold, starvation or disease in the concentration camps.

Enrollment Ostarbeiter more remarkable and noticeable number of children. Some of the 5.5 million people who were repatriated after the war, about 30% were children under the age of 16 years. At the time of theft in Germany of, respectively, were no more than 12-14 years. (on the Ukrainian prisoners of war, just as for Jews, there were plans to forced sterilization)

For Ostarbeiter same ban on marriage was not. Gave birth ostovki and children, mostly - from their own legal husbands. For most of them conceived in sin, the child is a disgrace to the rest of his life and nearly closed the possibility of returning to his native village. So the Germans could only marvel at the moral stability and chastity of girls from Ukraine.

http://magazines.russ.ru/zvezda/2005/6/po8.html

Ukraine lost one in four of its population during the Second World War, the largest losses of any country and about 20% of the total deaths.

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