On 25 November, the White House reaffirmed its unwavering support for Ukraine, using the occasion of the Holodomor anniversary to draw parallels between Russia’s current offensive and the 1930s Soviet-imposed famine that tragically claimed the lives of millions of Ukrainians, Politico reports.
“Today, Ukraine’s agricultural infrastructure is once more being deliberately targeted—this time by Vladimir Putin as part of his drive for conquest and power,” President Joe Biden said in the statement, further citing “the inhumane policies of Josef Stalin” that included “death by hunger.”
The US President added, “Putin is hurting the world’s most vulnerable communities, for Russia’s profit.”
While numerous Republicans remain opposed to providing additional assistance to Ukraine and express doubts about the effectiveness of Kyiv’s counter-offensive, President Biden has consistently voiced his unwavering support, even in the face of stalled aid initiatives in Congress.
“We also recommit ourselves to preventing suffering, protecting fundamental freedoms, and responding to human rights abuses whenever and wherever they occur. We stand united with Ukraine,” Biden said.
The Holodomor in 1932-1933 claimed nearly 4 million Ukrainian lives, a genocide hidden by the USSR and still denied by Russia, aimed at suppressing Ukrainian resistance amid thousands of prior peasant revolts.