'Holodomor failed to break Ukrainians’ – that’s the motto used by organizers of mass events dedicated to the anniversary of the Holodomor, otherwise known as the 1933 Great Famine in Ukraine. 112 Ukraine TV channel’s correspondent said this, while describing preparations for marking the anniversary in Kyiv.
It is a well-respected tradition to honor the memory of Ukrainians who perished during the Holodomor; annually, on the last Saturday of November, people light candles and hold a moment of silence to pay the tribute to those who deceased during the 20th century’s largest man-made forced starvation.
According to Yaroslav Faizullin, the representative of Ukraine’s Institute of National memory, the motto ‘Holodomor failed to break Ukrainians’ is the best way to express the intentions of the-then Soviet government towards the Ukrainian people. ‘Their goal was to break the resistance of the Ukrainian people. By having destroyed part of Ukrainians, the Soviet regime tried to frighten the rest of nations across the USSR. But they failed. Ukrainians have kept their national identity, culture and traditions, and eventually, they got their own independent state,’ he said.