Ukraine is campaigning for a UN General Assembly resolution that would declare the 1932-33 famine that killed up to 10 million people a genocide, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk said.
Ukraine has the support of several nations so far and Tarasyuk will use the two-week annual U.N. General Assembly event now under way to canvass dozens more, he said in an interview Tuesday. The resolution would accuse Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's regime of deliberately instigating what Ukrainians call the Great Famine.
"We expect that the delegations here at the United Nations will deplore this artificially made famine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people," Tarasyuk told The Associated Press. "We would like that the international community pay tribute to those who perished."
Stalin provoked the famine as part of his campaign to force Ukrainian peasants to give up their land and join collective farms. During the height of the disaster, which was enforced by the confiscation of all food by the Soviet secret police, cannibalism was widespread.