The United States reaffirms its commitment to the Ukrainian nation and its unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday in a statement commemorating the tragedy of the Holodomor (Great Famine).
"The Ukrainians survived the horrors of the Holodomor by demonstrating their spirit and resilience and ultimately creating a free and democratic society. Recalling the pain and victims of the Holodomor, the United States at the same time reaffirms its commitment to the Ukrainian people and its unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," reads a statement published by White House.
Biden stressed that the deaths of the millions of Ukrainians who died in the famine wave of 1932-33 were the result of "the brutal policies and deliberate actions of the Joseph Stalin regime".
"This month, as we commemorate those who have been deprived of their lives, let us again commit to permanent work to prevent such tragedies in the future and to help those who suffer under the yoke of tyranny," said the president.
Biden's statement coincides with growing concerns in Washington over the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and a new Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to CNN, the Biden administration is considering sending military advisers and additional arms supplies to Ukraine.
The International Holodomor Memorial Day this year falls on November 27.
During communism, Ukraine suffered from three waves of hunger: in the early 1920s, then in the 1930s and in 1946-1947. The most tragic consequences were the Great Famine of 1932-1933, in which up to 25,000 died daily. people. The Great Famine occurred in one of the most fertile countries in Europe during peacetime, when the USSR exported huge amounts of grain. In Ukraine, grain and then all food were confiscated by the authorities.