The Russian government pursues a policy of dehumanization of Ukrainians, the crimes of Russians are not accidental

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This was stated by Serhii Zhukov, the analyst of the Centre for Strategic Communication and Information Security, during the discussion Russian Genocide against the Ukrainian Nation: from Rhetoric to Practice, which the Centre held jointly with the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide:

“The Centre conducted a study on the genocidal rhetoric of the Russian regime. We focused on the legislation of Russia, school textbooks, rhetoric of representatives of the Russian authorities, state media. For example, Putin does not recognize the existence of the Ukrainian people, the right of Ukrainians to their identity, the existence of the Ukrainian language.

Propagandists promote the statement that Ukrainians are a disease, Ukrainians are people who need to be forcibly treated. The textbooks completely repeat the rhetoric of Putin and propaganda, in particular, the myths about the Nazis and the conspiracy that the Austrian General Staff invented Ukrainians.

The Russian government pursues a policy of dehumanization of Ukrainians, so their crimes, which are components of the crime of genocide, are not accidental, but only natural.”

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Andrii Ivanets, the leading researcher of the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide, added that the rhetoric would help prove that the Russian Federation intended to commit genocide:

“We in Ukraine are quite aware of this and feel it, but we understand how difficult it will be to prove this fact in the international legal system. Grave crimes are easier to prove in courts as crimes against humanity, but it is important to prove that there is a genocidal intention, so that in the next historical stage Russia could not state that it did not do such a thing.”

During the event, Ivanets also presented a collection of materials Genocide as a Weapon in the Struggle against the Ukrainian Nation in the XX-XXI Centuries: Interdisciplinary Approaches, developed as a result of an international conference dedicated to marking 90 years since the Holodomor-genocide.

Hanna Sokyrina, Deputy General Director of the Holodomor-Genocide Museum; historian Dmytro BilyiPavlo Hai-Nyzhnyk, President of the Ukrainian Academy of Geostrategy, and other experts joined the discussion.

The record of the event can be viewed at the link.

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