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RUSSIA DISMISSES TALK OF APOLOGY TO UKRAINE FOR 1932-33 FAMINE. Viktor Chernomyrdin, who is Russia's ambassador to Ukraine, said on 6 August that his country, as a successor to Soviet Union, will not apologize to Ukraine for the 1932-33 famine, Interfax reported. "The famine afflicted the whole Soviet state," Chernomyrdin told a press conference in Kyiv, adding, "Why Russia?" Russia should be praised for bearing its responsibility with respect to Soviet debts and all other issues, Chernomyrdin said, but it does not bear responsibility for the famine. The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution in May declaring that the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine was "an act of genocide" against the Ukrainian people. Historians estimate that 7 million-10 million Ukrainians died as a result of administrative measures by Soviet authorities in Ukraine in 1932-33. AM