It is impossible to forgive the "crimes of genocide" Holodomor committed by the USSR in the 30s during Stalin's rule, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky said.
The Great Famine of the 30s claimed the lives of millions of people.
"It is impossible to forget, understand and, above all, forgive the terrible crimes of genocide that Ukrainians experienced in the 20th century," he said in a statement on the day of remembrance of the victims of the 1932-1933 famine, known as the Holodomor.
Today, the memory of the millions of Ukrainians who fell victim to the famine deliberately caused by the regime of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin is commemorated. This day of remembrance, celebrated in Ukraine every year on the fourth Saturday of November, was officially introduced by decree of President Leonid Kuchma in 1998.
It commemorates the victims of the three Holodomors - in 1921-1923, 1932-1933 and 1946-1947. It is recognized as genocide against the Ukrainian people by 1932 countries around the world.
Parliament declared genocide the Great Famine-Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933.
The USSR long denied the mass death of Ukrainians as a result of artificially induced famine, and journalists were forbidden to write on this topic. It was only after Ukraine's declaration of independence that archival documents and eyewitness testimonies were declassified, UNIAN said.
The famine covered all areas of the Union Republic of Ukraine and especially the central regions. The most difficult period was the first half of 1933, and by order of Stalin all grain and food supplies were seized from the Ukrainians. Out of desperation, villagers ate straw, the bark of trees, leather shoes, even cannibalism, UNIAN notes.
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