The events of the past week have been punctuated with new brutal acts of violence by the terrorist Russian Federation throughout Ukraine, as they attempt to destroy as many important infrastructure facilities as possible to intimidate Ukrainian civilians.
Russia wants to intimidate Ukraine and at least slightly change the losing course of events for the Russian army, but instead their violence has been met with more unity and rage in response, and not only from Ukrainians. The civilised world is also united in its desire to support Ukraine in confronting Russia. The decision of the European Parliament to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism is an eloquent testimony to this. All cruel and cynical Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure and civilians that have shaken not only the whole Ukraine, but the whole world, have no sense or justification. We are witnessing the classic behaviour and tactics of a terrorist, for whom there are no rules or boundaries, just brutal intimidation, and in this case the deliberate genocide of Ukrainians.
90 years ago, during the Holodomor, the Russians under Stalin killed millions of Ukrainians by starvation. Now, losing on the battlefield, the Kremlin also seeks to do the same, resorting to the “kholodomor”, which, according to Putin’s regime, should intimidate Ukrainians and force them to the negotiating table. But any attempts and hopes of the Kremlin to break the will of the Ukrainian people by torturing them with cold will not succeed, because if the Holodomor did not break the will of the Ukrainian people in the 1930s, then the “kholodomor” cannot affect the courage and heroism of Ukrainians who remember only too well the sad lessons of the past.
The majority of Ukrainians consider the Holodomor of 1932-1933 to be deliberate genocide of the Ukrainian people – 93% of Ukrainians agree with this statement. This is evidenced by the survey of the Sociological Group “Rating”, conducted on the eve of the sad anniversary of the murder of Ukrainians. The Holodomor is deliberate genocide of the Ukrainian nation committed in 1932-1933 by the leadership of the Soviet Union in order to subdue Ukrainians, to finally eliminate Ukrainian resistance to the regime and attempts to build a free Ukrainian state independent of Moscow. Then the communist totalitarian regime killed millions of Ukrainians. Total confiscation of food, prohibition of trade and delivery of goods, prohibition of peasants’ free movement and encirclement of settlements by military units – such a repressive regime during the Holodomor was applied only in Ukraine and Kuban, i.e. in places of compact residence of Ukrainians. Now Vladimir Putin is the historical successor and is copying the tactics of the Stalinist regime, thereby committing genocide of Ukrainians, hiding behind the mask of a “special operation” and pretending to be a “peacemaker”, because this is how Russian propaganda presents the events of the Russian-Ukrainian war to Russians.
In fact, the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation has caused irreparable damage to the Ukrainian and global economy, tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions have been forced to flee their homes. Over the past 8 months, the Russian Federation and its troops have destroyed, damaged, stolen or mutilated hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Ukrainian property. As of September 30, 2022, the total amount of damage, according to KSE Institute experts, caused to Ukraine’s infrastructure is more than $127 billion. Given the regular massive air strikes and attacks on energy infrastructure, this figure increases significantly each time after the Russian attacks. As the Russian army is unable to achieve success on the battlefield, the terrorist country continues to destroy critical infrastructure of Ukraine. As a result of strikes carried out on November 23, not only energy facilities, but also residential buildings were damaged and destroyed – civilians were killed, most of the country was left without electricity and water. The shelling of the Russian Federation led to the temporary de-energization of all nuclear power plants, most thermal and hydroelectric power plants. Emergency blackouts were introduced almost all over Ukraine, accompanied by a lack of water. This happened on the day when the European Parliament recognized Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. In confirmation of this status, Russia proved to the whole world that this is indeed the case by launching 67 missiles at critical Ukrainian infrastructure and the homes of ordinary peaceful people.
At the UN Security Council meeting on November 23, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield stressed that Putin has decided to turn Ukraine’s energy facilities into ruins, and Putin’s motives could not be more transparent and more cold-blooded – he is clearly using winter as a weapon to inflict enormous suffering on the Ukrainian people. And the Kremlin does not hide its cynical intentions. Thus, the spokesman of the Russian dictator Peskov has previously admitted that Russia is destroying the Ukrainian energy infrastructure and wants to leave Ukrainians without gas and electricity in the middle of winter to force them to negotiate. According to him, the lack of light and heat in the homes of Ukrainians is “a consequence of the actions of the Kyiv authorities, who do not want to solve the problem and sit down at the negotiating table”. Traditionally, in addition to the statements of the top officials of the state, Russian propaganda, richly flavoured with disinformation, replicates a lot of fake news and theories, the main purpose of which is to justify and deny its aggressive actions and blame the Ukrainian authorities and the West. There is nothing new here. For decades, the scheme of the big Russian lie has been spreading around the world, because it has already become a tradition of the Kremlin to deny its presence and role in aggressive and terrorist actions not only in Ukraine, but also wherever Russia tries to use elements of blackmail, intimidate, destabilise the situation or go to war.
On November 26, the Holodomor Remembrance Day, rallies were held in many cities of the world, at least 60 cities, the main purpose of which is not only to confirm the recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-33, but also the current actions of the Russian Federation during the full-scale war of genocide of Ukrainians. As it is known, the Holodomor has already been recognised as genocide by 22 countries, many countries have condemned the Holodomor as an act of extermination of humanity committed by the totalitarian Stalinist regime or honoured the memory of its victims. The Declaration on the recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of Ukrainians was adopted on the eve of the sad days by the parliaments of Moldova and Ireland. In particular, the Moldovan parliamentarians adopted a resolution, which emphasizes that the Bolshevik totalitarian regime of the former USSR as a result of the Holodomor policy is responsible for the act of deliberate genocide against the Ukrainian people. The Moldovan parliamentarians also appealed to all parliaments of the world, international institutions to show full solidarity with Ukraine and give a correct assessment of the criminal acts committed in 1932-1933, stressing that the memory of the Holodomor and commitment to human values obliges people to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people to stop the policy of genocide of the Ukrainian people in the XXI century and to save peace and freedom on the European continent. On November 30, the German Bundestag will vote to recognise the Holodomor as deliberate genocide of the Ukrainian people. The draft document of German parliamentarians, in particular, states that the whole Ukraine, not just its grain-producing regions, suffered from famine and repressions. Therefore, from today’s point of view, the historical and political classification as genocide is obvious and the German Bundestag shares this classification. Deputies call on the federal government to remember the victims of the Holodomor and to promote international awareness. In addition, German parliamentarians draw a line from the past to the present of war-torn Ukraine and call for support – political, financial, humanitarian and military.
The civilised world has long had no doubt that Putin is a terrorist and the state he leads has become one of the most destructive forces on the planet. Among the crimes committed by the Russian army in Ukraine are mass killings, murdering innocent children, abductions, torture, rape, shelling of civilian facilities includie hospitals, maternity hospitals, schools and kindergartens, blockade of settlements, obstruction of humanitarian aid and evacuation of civilians, seizure and deliberate destruction of infrastructure necessary to meet the basic needs of the population. The sad list goes on. Every day in Ukraine there is more and more grief caused by the Russian invaders, more and more Ukrainians are becoming refugees, civilian infrastructure is being destroyed, entire towns and villages are being destroyed and razed to the ground. Russian invaders deliberately and ruthlessly continue to kill civilians every day, and the war together with terrorism will have a terrible and lasting impact on a huge number of people, which, unfortunately, will last for the life of the next generations of Ukrainians. The genocide of Ukrainians continues. The more countries recognise Russia’s actions as genocide, and the country itself as a terrorist state, the greater and more powerful will be the support for Ukraine, the faster will be the victory in the war unleashed by the heir of the bloody dictator Stalin, the new, no less bloody dictator Putin.
The word Holodomor is formed by merging two words “holod/голод – hunger” and “mor/мор – from Latin mori” (to kill/ to die with hunger).
The word Kholodomor is formed by merging two words “kholod/холод – cold” and “mor/мор – from Latin mori ” (to kill/to die with cold).