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.