US President Joe Biden has claimed that Soviet leader Joseph Stalin deliberately caused a famine that killed millions of innocent Ukrainians. He wrote this in a statement commemorating the Holodomor, or Great Famine, in Ukraine in the 1930s. He also referred to Russia’s current aggression against the country.
“The brave Ukrainian people continue to defend their democracy and freedom against brutal aggression RussiaWe pause to pay tribute to the victims of past injustices and atrocities Ukraine” – he wrote Joe Biden In a statement ahead of the Memorial Day for the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine on Saturday.
“During his reign, Joseph Stalin Pursued a policy of severe repression in Ukraine, deliberately causing the famine of 1932-33, which led to the deaths of millions of innocent Ukrainian women, men and children. America. He emphasized the tenacity of Ukrainians who “survived destruction and tyranny to finally build a free and democratic society.”
“We reaffirm our firm commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. And we salute the brave Ukrainian people who are courageously resisting Russia’s assault on democracy.”
Great famine in the 1930s
Under communism, Ukraine suffered three famines: in the early 1920s, then in the 1930s, and in 1946–1947. The most tragic consequences were the Great Famine of 1932-1933, when up to 25,000 people died daily during the worst period.
A great famine struck one of Europe’s most prosperous countries in peacetime when the Soviet Union exported large quantities of grain. In Ukraine, grain and all food was confiscated by the authorities.
In 1932, a law on the protection of state property was introduced in the Soviet Union, which allowed a person to be shot for picking even an ear from a field owned by a kolkhoz. There was also an order for a total siege of the village, which allegedly sabotaged the forced grain supply. According to historians, the famine was artificially induced to break peasant resistance to collectivization. In Ukraine, this opposition is huge. It is estimated that at least 3.5 million people died during the Great Famine in Ukraine. Among the victims were Poles.
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