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Ukraine’s president has proposed a bill that would criminalize denial of the Holocaust.

President Viktor Yuschenko said during the second meeting of the Holodomor Commemoration Coordinating Council in Kharkov on Tuesday that he would propose a bill criminalizing the denial of the Holocaust and Holodomor, the Soviet-engineered Ukrainian famine of 1932-33.

He also instructed Ukraine’s central and local authorities to hold events on Nov. 24 to honor Holodomor victims and mark its 75th anniversary, Yuschenko’s press office said.

Yuschenko urged church leaders to join the memorial events and said it was important to erect Holodomor monuments in all regions hit by the famine.

He also encouraged all Ukrainians not to be indifferent to the ordeals survived by their fellow citizens.

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