Ukrainian parliament calls Russian army’s actions “genocide”

The Rada also approved banning the use of letters used by the Russian army in its military operations, such as “Z”, considering them “symbols of the military invasion of the Russian neo-Nazi totalitarian regime in Ukraine.”

The Ukrainian Parliament (Rada) approved this Thursday (04.14.2022) a resolution that describes the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine as “genocide” and calls on governments, parliaments and international organizations to do the same.

In a parliamentary session, it was also approved to ban the use of propaganda symbols used by the Russian army in its military operations in Ukraine, such as “Z”, the Ukrainian news portal Ukrinform reported.

“Russia’s actions are aimed at systematically and consistently annihilating the Ukrainian people, depriving them of the right to self-determination and independent development,” reads the resolution, approved by a majority of 363 votes out of 450.

“This needs the immediate recognition of the actions committed since the aggression that began on February 24, 2022 by the Russian forces as a genocide of the Ukrainian people,” it adds.

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The resolution also plans to ask the UN, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and that of NATO, as well as the governments and parliaments of the entire world, to recognize the actions of the army Russian in Ukraine “as genocide of the Ukrainian people”.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, his Colombian counterpart Iván Duque and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, accused Vladimir Putin of carrying out a “genocide” in Ukraine, a position that kyiv welcomed.

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