Kyiv’s city hall has approved the plan of official events to pay tribute to the victims of Holodomor, or the Great Famine of 1932-1933. According to the administration’s press service, the events are slated for this and the next year.
Solemn events will take place on November 25, the last Saturday of the month. The state flags will be flown half-mast; no entertaining events will be taking place on this day.
The exhibition of archive documents, timed to the 85th anniversary of the tragedy, will also take place in November.
The Holodomor of 1932-1933 was a man-made famine, organized by the superior leaders of the USSR; it lead to millions of human casualties, especially in the villages, across Ukraine. Some scholars believe that the famine was planned by Joseph Stalin to eliminate a Ukrainian independence movement. Using the word Holodomor in reference to the famine emphasises its man-made aspects, arguing that 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 compared to that of the Holocaust.
Ukraine and a lot of foreign governments officially recognized the Holodomor act of genocide of the Ukrainian people, as the vast majority of the victims were Ukrainians. In some countries, Holodomor considered the act of extermination of humankind.