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Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has demanded for the umpteenth time on Friday that its international partners recognize Russia as a "terrorist state" as they did in May, four months after the invasion began.
The speaker of the Parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, said that "the aim of the political regime of the Russian Federation is the genocide of the Ukrainian people, physical destruction, mass murder of Ukrainians and the commission of international crimes against the civilian population".
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Stefanchuk has asserted that it is now up to other countries to take that step and thus succeed in "isolating" Russia. "That is exactly the kind of future a country that tries to impose its 'imperial dreams' on the world should have," he said.
"Russia is a terrorist state," which seeks to impose its "imperialist" cravings through "missiles," "assassinations" and "now resorting to nuclear terrorism," Stefanchuk has insisted on the Parliament's website.
On May 22, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a bill introduced by President Volodymyr Zelensky, which would have given Russia this status and banned propaganda for the "Russian Nazi totalitarian regime", as well as any support or justification for the invasion of Ukraine and symbols glorifying it.
For the time being, few countries have dared to take this step, although they have chosen to join the international sanctions coming mainly from the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Latvia is the only country that has so far heeded Kiev's demands and has labeled Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, following a vote in Parliament from where it encouraged other foreign nations to join this symbolic declaration.
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