US President Joe Biden has issued a message to commemorate the victims of the ‘Holodomor‘ (the process in which millions of people died from famine in Ukraine in the 1930s).
In his message, Biden said, “The people of Ukraine showed their strength and resilience by overcoming the horrors of the Holodomor and ultimately creating a free and democratic society.”
“The United States also reaffirms its commitment to the Ukrainian people today and its unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Biden said.
In the 1930s, close to 7 million people died in the famine that affected many parts of the Soviet Union, including Ukraine, Western Siberia, the North Caucasus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
The US President said that “The men, women, and children who lost their lives during this famine were victims of the brutal policies and deliberate actions of the Joseph Stalin regime.” And he added, “As we commemorate those whose lives have been stolen this month, let us pledge to work to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future and to lift up those who suffer today under the yoke of tyranny.”
The Holodomor was declared a ‘genocide‘ by Kiev in 2006. Russia sees Ukraine’s actions as an attempt to politicize history and spark conflict between the two countries.
In 2008, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly voted against recognizing the Holodomor as a genocide.