Biden honors memory of Holodomor victims

25 November 2022, 06:55 PM
Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Leah Millis)

U.S. President Joe Biden paid tribute to the victims of the Holodomor, at the same time assuring that Washington would continue to support Ukraine in confronting Russian aggression, the press service of the White House reported on Nov. 23.

In his address, he also mentioned today's Ukraine, which continues to fight for freedom and democracy.

"Even as the brave Ukrainian people continue to defend their democracy and freedom from Russia’s brutal aggression, we pause to also honor the victims of past injustices and horrors inflicted on Ukraine," the statement reads.

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Biden also recalled that this November marks the anniversary of the Holodomor – "death by hunger."

"During his regime, Josef Stalin imposed harsh and repressive policies on Ukraine, including creating a deliberate famine in 1932-33 that caused millions of innocent Ukrainian women, men, and children to perish," the U.S. leader said.

“We commemorate all the lives lost in this senseless tragedy, and we pay tribute to the resilience of the Ukrainian people who endured devastation and tyranny to ultimately create a free and democratic society.”

Biden also reiterated that the United States would continue to support Ukraine.

"This month, we remember the victims of the Holodomor," the politician said.

“We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. And we honor the brave Ukrainian people who continue to courageously resist Russia’s assault on their democracy.”

On Nov. 25, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that all democratic factions in the German parliament had agreed to adopt an important resolution on the Holodomor next week.

On Nov. 24, the Romanian parliament and the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus recognized the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people.

The same decision was adopted by the upper house of the parliament of Ireland and the parliament of Moldova.

In April 2022, the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament unanimously recognized the Holodomor as a genocide of Ukrainians.

Earlier, this crime was designated a genocide of the Ukrainian people by 16 other states.

Every year, on the fourth Saturday of November, Ukraine commemorates the memory of millions of Holodomor victims. In the 20th century, Ukrainians experienced three such tragedies: in 1932-1933, 1921-1922, and 1946-1947.

Historians consider the Holodomor of 1932-1933 to be the worst in terms of the number of human victims. According to various sources, at that time, between seven and 10 million people died of starvation.

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