Ukraine remembers victims of Stalin-era famine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) and his wife Maryna lay spikelets of wheat in memory of the victims during a ceremony at the Holodomor famine memorial in Kiev on November 28, 2015Poroshenko, accompanied by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and hundreds of Ukrainians, laid symbolic wheat ears and lit candles before the Holodomor — or “death by hunger” — monument in central Kiev. The 1932-33 famine happened as harvests dwindled and Josef Stalin’s Soviet police enforced the brutal policy of collectivising agriculture by requisitioning grain and other foodstuffs.

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