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Biden honors memory of Ukrainians who perished during Holodomor

Biden honors memory of Ukrainians who perished during Holodomor Photo: US President Joe Biden (Getty Images)

President of the United States Joe Biden honored the memory of Ukrainians who perished during the Holodomor in 1932-1933, according to the White House press service.

"We mark the solemn anniversary of the Holodomor as the brave people of Ukraine continue to defend their freedom and Ukraine’s sovereignty against Russia’s brutal war of aggression. Ninety years ago, the inhumane polices of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet regime created the death by hunger,” stated the President.

Biden reminded that Joseph Stalin and his regime systematically confiscated grain and peasant farms in Ukraine, redirecting Ukrainian grain to other regions of the USSR as a tactic to suppress Ukraine's national identity.

"Today, Ukraine’s agricultural infrastructure is once more being deliberately targeted—this time by Vladimir Putin as part of his drive for conquest and power," he emphasized.

The American leader emphasized that Russian forces seek to destroy Ukraine's economy and independence by deliberately damaging fields, destroying grain storage facilities, and ports.

"It is not just an attack on Ukraine’s economic security, it is a cynical assault on food security everywhere. Putin is hurting the world’s most vulnerable communities, for Russia’s profit," he added.

Biden said that the USA is united with Ukraine.

"On this anniversary, we remember and honor all those, both past and present, who have endured such hardship and who continue still to fight against tyranny. We also recommit ourselves to preventing suffering, protecting fundamental freedoms, and responding to human rights abuses whenever and wherever they occur. We stand united with Ukraine," stated the American leader.

The Holodomor in Ukraine

At the beginning of the 20th century, Ukraine experienced three periods of artificial famine:




The most tragic turned out to be the famine of 1932-1933. At that time, it was a terrorist act by the totalitarian system. As a result of the famine, not only a layer of wealthy peasant entrepreneurs disappeared, but also generations of agricultural population. In particular, the social foundations of the nation, traditions, spiritual culture, and uniqueness were undermined.

Due to the policies of the Soviet Union, according to various estimates, from 7 to 10 million people perished.

You can read more about the Holodomor in Ukraine in the article Retribution for freedom: Ukraine honors memory of Holodomor victims.