Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is the latest example of Russia’s atrocities against Ukraine.
In 1929 Joseph Stalin ordered that privately owned farms be turned into collectives run by the state. This directly affected Ukraine, then part of the USSR, a/k/a evil empire, dominated by Russia, which had many privately owned farms.
Stalin decreed the amount of grain to be produced by each collective. This was not met in Ukraine in 1932. As punishment, Stalin then ordered that the Ukraine output be used throughout the Soviet Union. This resulted in mass starvation in Ukraine with estimates of about four million deaths, almost 13% of the population. The Soviet Communist Party committed a deliberate genocide against the Ukrainians, also known as the HOLOMODOR, which means death by hunger in the Ukrainian language.
In addition to the mass starvation, the Soviets sent many Ukrainians to Siberia.
The Soviet Union denied there a state induced famine that resulted in genocide. Russia has admitted there was a famine but denied it was a state sponsored genocide.
In the 1930’s the New York Times, by its reporter Walter Duranty, and the Nation, by its reporter Louis Fischer, helped the Soviet Communists cover up news of the famine and genocide by their slanted reporting.
The Soviet tourist agency Voks constructed Potemkin villages to further mislead gullible Western reporters such as George Bernard Shaw.
The US Senate in 2018 passed a unanimous resolution sponsored by Ohio Senator Portman in memory of the Great Famine, calling it genocide:
‘Recognizes the 85th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine (Holodomor) of 1932-1933 and extends sympathies to the victims, survivors, and families of that tragedy. Encourages dissemination of information regarding the famine.
Condemns the systematic violations of human rights of the Ukrainian people by the Soviet government.
Recognizes the 1988 findings of the Commission on Ukraine Famine that Joseph Stalin committed genocide against the Ukrainians in 1932-1933.
Supports the continuing efforts of the people of Ukraine to work toward ensuring democratic principles, a free-market economy, and respect for human rights’
S.Res.435 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the 85th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, known as the Holodomor, should serve as a reminder of repressive Soviet policies against the people of Ukraine. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress
Given this history, it is no surprise that the Ukrainians are defending their homeland with such bravery.