How Stalin Hid Ukraine’s Famine From The World.
The Holodomor derived from the Russian, “to kill by starvation”), also known as the Famine-Genocide in Ukraine of 1932–33 was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine that killed an officially estimated 7 million to 10 million ethnic Ukrainians. Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by Ukraine and 15 other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet government. Early estimates of the death toll by scholars and government officials varied greatly; anywhere from 1.8 to 12 million. The exact number of deaths is hard to determine, due to a lack of records, but the number increases significantly when the deaths in heavily Ukrainian-populated Kuban are included. According to the findings of the Court of Appeal of Kiev in 2010, the demographic losses due to the famine amounted to 10 million, with 3.9 million direct famine deaths, and a further 6.1 million birth deficit. Some scholars believe that the famine was planned by Joseph Stalin to eliminate a Ukrainian independence movement, using actions such as rejection of outside aid, confiscation of all household foodstuffs, and restriction of population movement confer intent, defining the famine as genocide; the loss of life has been characterised as a genocide.
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