On 16 November, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine held another plenary session, during which it voted for a resolution to appeal to the G20 states regarding the exclusion of the Russian Federation from this group.

“Recently, the Russian Federation has begun a new phase of its shameful existence and resorted to nuclear blackmail to terrorise and keep in fear not only the European continent, but the whole world. Against the background of their numerous military defeats in Ukraine, the leadership of the Russian Federation deliberately chose the tactics of mass terrorist attacks on the critical civilian infrastructure of Ukraine with the undisguised aim of causing maximum damage to the civilian population during the heating season and creating a real humanitarian catastrophe with the hope that it would undermine the will of the Ukrainian people to resist the Russian invasion,” the explanatory note to the document reads.

It also states that the destruction of the population of Ukraine by the occupiers has all the signs of genocide. Missile strikes and artillery shelling of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure facilities by the Russian occupation forces do not pursue any military goals and have an exclusively terrorist purpose.

“Taking into account the important role of the G20 in supporting sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth and development of the world economy for the benefit of all peoples, and taking into account that the well-being of the world’s states directly depends on their ability to maintain peace and security and to interact in this direction among themselves on the basis of norms of international law, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appeals to the G20 states regarding the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the this Group, as not falling under one of the above criteria,” the MPs emphasised.

In addition, the Verkhovna Rada, by a separate resolution, called on the parliaments of the world’s states to recognise the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people.

According to the resolution text, in the 1930s, the communist totalitarian regime of the USSR conceived and implemented a crime in Ukraine – the extermination of millions of Ukrainians by starvation.

Ukrainian MPs called on their colleagues around the world to restore historical justice and recognise the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a crime of genocide against the Ukrainian people. According to the authors of the appeal, this will be an important signal to all world powers that may resort to new genocidal actions and a significant contribution to ensuring a peaceful and secure future for future generations.

Bohdan Marusyak

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