On November 26, Ukraine commemorates the memory of millions of victims of the totalitarian communist regime’s crimes - the mass artificial famine of 1921-1923 in Ukraine, the Holodomor of 1932-1933 - the genocide of the Ukrainian people, and the mass artificial famine in 1946-1947.
With their traditions of national liberation movements, the Ukrainian people were considered by the Kremlin as a threat to the existence of the Soviet system. Stalin's regime carried out famines, repressions, and mass deportations in order to break the spirit of Ukrainians, starving to death at least 3.9 million people.
For decades, the totalitarian regime in the Kremlin did everything possible to hide the consequences of the repressive policy against Ukrainians, silenced, distorted and denied the facts in order to avoid responsibility for the crimes it has committed.
On the 90th anniversary of the 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine, Russia's genocidal war of aggression persues the same goal as during the 1932-1933 genocide: the elimination of the Ukrainian nation and its statehood.
By continuing the terrorist attacks on the critical infrastructure, destroying historical and cultural heritage, forcibly removing Ukrainian children to the territory of the Russian Federation, Russia is waging a war against Ukrainian identity.
The political and ideological narratives of the Stalinist era, in particular presenting the image of the so-called ‘hostile West’ and the denial of the existence of Ukraine as an independent state, are actively reproduced today in the totalitarian politics of present-day Russia.
The totalitarian communist regime committed mass starvation, Putin's regime has launched "Hunger Games" around the world. Hundreds of millions of people in Africa and Asia have already suffered from the destruction of agricultural infrastructure and the blocking of Ukrainian grain exports by the Russian Federation. Just as in 1932-1933 the NKVD seized the last food from Ukrainians, in 2022 the Russian occupying forces are robbing Ukrainian elevators and taking away Ukrainian grains. By undermining the work of the Black Sea grain deal, the Kremlin uses food as a weapon to implement its aggressive political agenda. A number of countries and regions found themselves on the brink of starvation due to Russia's war against Ukraine.
Russia's aggression against Ukraine proves that unpunished evil and unacknowledged historical mistakes are returning in our time on a worse scale.
We call on international partners to restore historical justice - to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as a genocide of the Ukrainian people and to prevent further war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by Russia.
We sincerely thank those countries and governments that have already made a decision to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as genocide.