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 Famines Memorial Day to be commemorated in Ukraine today

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Today, Nov. 28, Ukraine is going to pay tribute to Holodomors victims.

Ukraine has survived three Holodomors (in 1921-1923, 1932-1933, and 1946-1947), Censor.NET reports citing Ukraine.

The cruelest of them was organized in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1932 and 1933 and killed an estimated 2.5-7.5 million Ukrainians, with millions more counted in demographic estimates. It was part of the wider disaster, the Soviet famine of 1932-1933, which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country.

The U.S. Congress 1988 Commission on the Ukraine famine in its "Investigation of the Ukraine Famine of 1932-1933" concluded that: Joseph Stalin and those around him committed genocide against Ukrainians in 1932-1933.

Read more: Los Angeles Times: Putin, once critical of Stalin, now embraces Soviet dictator's tactics

In 2006, the Holodomor Remembrance Day took place on 25 Nov. Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko directed in decree No. 868/2006 that a minute of silence should be observed at 4 p.m. on that Saturday. The document specified that flags in Ukraine should fly at half-staff as a sign of mourning. In addition, the decree directed that entertainment events are to be restricted and television and radio programming adjusted accordingly.

In an October 2013 opinion poll, 33.7% fully agreed and 30.4% rather agreed with the statement "The Holodomor was the result of actions committed by the Soviet authorities, along with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, and was the result of human actions". In the same poll, 22.9% of those polled fully or partially agreed with the view that the famine was caused by natural circumstances, but 50.5% disagreed with that. Furthermore, 45.4% of respondents believed that the Holodomor was "a deliberate attempt to destroy the Ukrainian nation" and 26.2% rather or completely disagreed with this.



 
 
 
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