Estonia has become the first country in the world to recognize Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide.
The country’s parliament released a statement minutes ago to officially recognize Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide. Several nations across the world, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden have all condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine. But are yet to officially recognize the “barbaric” actions by Russian soldiers in Ukraine to be genocidal.
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Marko Mihkelson, Chairperson of Foreign Affairs Committee of Estonian Parliament said “Parliament of Estonia adopted the statement on the war crimes and genocide committed by the Russian Federation in Ukraine”
They “call on national Parliaments and the international organisations to recognize the crimes committed by Russia against Ukrainian people as genocide. Help Ukraine stop the genocide” he said.
The Estonian Parliament “recognizes as genocide against the Ukrainian people the actions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and its political and military leadership in conducting the renewed military aggression against Ukraine from 24 February 2022”
They’re also calling countries around the world to assist Ukraine by supplying them with weapons and also strengthening sanctions against Russia.
“Calls on countries around the world to immediately strengthen the sanctions against the Russian Federation, including by ending the trade of energy carriers with Russia with no exceptions”
Here’s the statement by Estonian Parliament confirming the recognition