Saturday, November 26, 2005

Ukraine Commemorates Victims Of Stalin-Era Famine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko planted trees in a city park in Kyiv today to commemorate victims of the forced Soviet-era famine that killed up to 10 million Ukrainians.

On 25 November, Yushchenko called on the international community to recognize as genocide the famine that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin provoked in the winter of 1932-33 when he imposed grain requisitioning as part of his campaign to force Ukrainian peasants to join collective farms.

Much of the Ukrainian grain was sold to make money for the Soviet industrialization campaign as Ukrainians starved.

Later in the day, Yushchenko participated in a commemorative rally where relatives and survivors lit 33,000 candles - representing the number of people who were dying daily at the famine's height.

Ukrainians lit candles at the monument to the victims of the Soviet-era forced famine that killed up to 10 million Ukrainians, in Ukraine's capital Kiev, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005.

Source: Radio Free Europe

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