Ukraine Presses Romania to Recognise of ‘Holodomor’ as Genocide

Ukrainian ambassador to Bucharest asks Romanian PM Nicolae Ciuca to recognise the deadly famine created on Stalin's orders 'as an act of genocide of the Ukrainian people'.

Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca (centre-left) met the ambassador of Ukraine in Romania, Ihor Prokopchuk (centre-right). Photo: Ukraine`s Embassy to Bucharest Facebook page

Ukraine is asking Romania to formally recognise the terrible famine in Soviet Ukraine known as the Holodomor, between 1932-1933, as an act of deliberate genocide.

The ambassador of Ukraine in Romania, Ihor Prokopchuk, raised the issue in discussion with Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca.

“The ambassador of Ukraine raised the issue of the recognition by the Romanian side of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as an act of genocide of the Ukrainian people,” the Ukrainian embassy in Bucharest wrote on its Facebook page.

The Romanian side did not mention this topic after the meeting. Until the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, relations between Kyiv and Bucharest were cool due to Ukraine’s closure of some schools with Romanian-language teaching.

The Romanian-speaking community in Ukraine is significant. Romanians and Moldovans living in Ukraine number almost half a million people.

After the outbreak of the war in Ukraine in February, relations between the two countries became closer.

Romania is hosting about 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. It also helps Ukraine transport its goods by land and through the Black Sea port of Constanta. Bucharest also supplies Kyiv with ammunition and weapons that the two capitals prefer to keep under wraps.