The Ukrainian Genocide
The Ukrainian genocide happened 82 years ago. Although it has been a long time, the genocide will never be forgotten. Russia still does not consider the Ukrainian genocide a genocide but a lot of countries do and realize what the Soviet Union did, was an awful thing and it can not happen again.
Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, but most commonly known as Joseph Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union and he planned the Ukrainian genocide. When the Soviet Union formed in 1922, Ukraine became one of the republics. Stalin wanted to make more money so he introduced an agricultural program. It forced farmers to give up their private land, equipment and livestock, and join state owned, factory-like collective farms. A lot of Ukrainians known for their independence still refuse to join the collective farms, because they thought it would return them to similar times earlier in the centuries. This upset Stalin. He wanted to achieve Socialism and then achieve communism. To get what he wanted he started eliminate any threat from Ukrainian nationalists, who he feared had the guts to form a rebellion and seek independence from the Soviet Union. Thus leading to starvation, disease, and a lot more.
This is a picture of Joseph Stalin.
It was pretty simple for Stalin to identify who was faithful to him and who was not. Anyone who did not want to give up their land or stood up to him would be shot and killed. The Soviet Union targeted rich farmers because they had much more to lose.
By June, people of Ukraine were dying at the rate of 30,000 a day, a third of them were children under 10 years old because of the lack of food. Between 1932-1934, approximately 4 million deaths are attributed of starvation within the territory of the Soviets. In total there were 7.5 to 10 million deaths.
This is a picture of a starving boy during the genocide.
The stomaches of the group of children in the picture are full of air not food.
The Holodomor sadly didn't end with the victims independent. The Holodomor ended because the peasants accepted collectivization, they didn't have a choice. Stalin was still in power but the genocide ended. Western countries did know about the genocide but were bribed by Stalin not to say anything if he bought weapons and products. There were rebellions, but they weren't strong enough to beat Stalin.
Map of Ukraine
Currently Russia does not recognize Holodomor (Ukrainian genocide) as a genocide. The lower house of federal assembly of Russia: The Russian State Duma stated that there was starvation in many parts of the Soviet Union, and it is insulting and incorrect for the Ukrainians to claim that they were being starved on purpose. Even though Russia has constant denial of the Ukrainian Famine, many countries around the world have recognized the cruel crimes committed against the Ukrainian people as a genocide. Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Estonia, Ecuador, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, and the United States regard the Ukrainian Famine from 1932-1933 as genocide.
70th Anniversary of Holodomor remembrance in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine.
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