Governor of the State of Missouri, Eric R. Greitens, recognizes the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as genocide against the Ukrainian people and proclaims 2018 to be Ukrainian Genocide Remembrance Year in Missouri.
"The State of Missouri has joined the recognition of the Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 as genocide against the Ukrainian people," the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States said on Facebook.
"Governor Eric Greitens has issued a respective proclamation," the Embassy said.
"We thank the people of the United States for solidarity and the support of Ukraine in restoring historical justice in memory of millions of victims who died from the tyranny of the Stalin regime," the report said.
The Embassy also published a copy of the governor's proclamation.
It says that "under the global theme 'Ukraine Remembers, the World Acknowledges,' it is necessary that the Ukrainian Genocide, Holodomor, of 1932-1933, be officially recognized by the global community as a tragic and heinous crime against humanity in order to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future," the proclamation says.
Missouri became the 11th state of the United States that recognized the Holodomor.
As UNIAN reported, earlier the Holodomor in Ukraine, an engineered famine, was recognized as genocide in 10 U.S. states: Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Kansas.
UNIAN memo. Eric Robert Greitens, 44, is an American politician and former Navy SEAL who is the 56th and current Governor of Missouri, since January 2017.