As was the case during Stalin's 1930s genocide of the Ukrainian people, Putin's war of aggression — with its killing of civilians and attacks on energy infrastructure — is a direct attack on the idea of Ukrainian statehood and identity. The world needs to acknowledge Holodomor as a genocide and also call this war out as what it is: another genocide.
As the war progresses, a slew of historical comparisons has been launched by all sides, with this latest one as careless as the others. At best, Ukraine's foreign minister is mistakenly appropriating alleged war crimes — which have been reported from both sides of the conflict — to genocide. At worst, he's deliberately watering down the atrocity to advance his own interests and further polarize Russia. Either way, misapplying the term has serious repercussions, including devaluing the crime and weakening its gravity in future conflicts.
While Stalin was certainly no short of faults, some conflate his with that of Communism overall. While academics agree it was a man-made famine, the evidence suggests it was a Soviet policy blunder that also affected millions belonging to other nationalities within the Soviet Union.
There's a 2% chance that Putin and Zelenskyy will meet to discuss the peaceful resolution of the Russian-Ukraine conflict before 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.