Representatives of 40 countries attend events on 75th anniversary of Holodomor in Ukraine

Representatives of 40 countries attend events on 75th anniversary of Holodomor in Ukraine
# 18 November 2008 10:07 (UTC +04:00)
Kiev – APA. Events are held on the 75th anniversary of Holodomor (plague of hunger), which killed millions of people in Ukraine. APA reports that presidents of Macedonia, Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina will attend the five-day events. Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Kostenko said high-ranking delegations from 40 countries and international organizations would attend the events.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev refused to attend the commemorative events on Holodomor. Dmitry Medvedev sent a letter to his Ukrainian counterpart last week and said he was not going to attend the events, since the theme was used for political purposes in Ukraine.

The parliaments of 14 countries recognized Holodomor as genocide committed against Ukrainian people, the parliaments of 5 more countries commemorated Holodomor victims. European Parliament regarded it as a crime committed against mankind.

The Institute of Demography of Social Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine specified the number of the victims of Holodomor. It was determined that 3.5 million people died of hunger in Ukraine in 1932-1933.
940,000 able-to-work people (aged 15-60), 262,000 old people, and 800,000 children died in Ukraine during Holodomor. 600 able-to-work people, 242,000 old people and 594,000 children died in the villages. The researchers found out that the number of the victims in March-July of 1933 was equal to the number of those died in the previous five years.
Kiev, Kharkov, Vinnytsia, Chernigov, Odessa and Moldova Autonomous Republic suffered most during Holodomor.
Holodomor is the plague of hunger occurred in the territory of USSR in 1932-1933.
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