Ukraine Genocide Essay example

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Genocide: refers to the killing of member of a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to the members of the group; and deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction. Crimes against humanity: refers to the widespread or systematic attacks against a civilian population ­ murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, imprisonment, torture, rape or sexual slavery, enforced disappearance of persons, and the crime of apartheid (
(in South
Africa) a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.) War crimes: refers to willful killing, torture, or inhuman treatment; willfully causing great suffering; and intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population or against those who are involved in a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission.

Ukrainian Famine/Genocide (Holodomor) 1932­33

“Holodomor” refers to the man­made/artificial famine invoked on Ukraine by the Soviet leaders. The term is also used to describe the Ukrainian genocide that began in 1929 with the massive waves of deportations of Ukraine's farmers as well as the deportations and executions of Ukraine's religious, intellectual and cultural leaders.



The Ukrainian
Holodomor ­ Extermination by hunger
WHO was involved
Soviet Union

The soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, and his henchman Lazar
Kaganovic, instigated the famine against the ethnic Ukrainian region of northern Caucasus, and the lower Volga River region.
7­10 million Ukrainians died due to the sharp increases in
Ukraines production quotas.

Throughout history, Ukraine wanted to gain independence from the rule of the Czars for the previous 200 years. When the fall of led to the abuses the Czar empire occurred Ukraine thought their opportunity to finally gain independance had arrived. However in 1917 the first


leader of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, sought to reclaim all the territory that was lost, including most importantly Ukraine.
The main reason the USSR wanted to reclaim the Ukraine was because of it’s agricultural fertility; the abundance of food produced there is why the Ukraine was known as ‘the breadbasket of Europe’. Because of this threat, Ukrainian troops fought against Lenin’s army and the Russian army still loyal to the Czar.
Stalin’s forced famine occurred between the years of 1932 to
1933. The leader of the USSR, Joseph Stalin caused a famine in what is now known as the Ukraine to destroy any people that desired to become independent of Stalin’s rule.
The Ukrainian people wanted to establish their own country because of their common language, customs, traditions, and ethnic background. They wanted the right to govern themselves, come up with their own political set up, and make decisions for themselves instead of abiding by Russia’s set of laws and policies. The Ukrainian population felt it was a lie to oathe their loyalty to Russia when in fact
Linguistic, Ethnic, Cultural, Religious, Geographic, Relationship to Land, Spiritual, Political.


Stalin's goal was to undermine the nationalistic pride of the
Ukrainian people. It served to control and further oppress the were the primary
Ukrainian people by denying them basic human needs, they are interests of the required to survive. The Communist regime sought out to ultranationalist eliminate any threat from Ukrainian nationalists, whom they group feared had the power to create a rebellion. Many more than 5,000 Ukrainian intellectuals were arrested and either sentenced to death or put into prison; many of these people were falsely accused of plotting armed rebellions. Stalin’s actions clearly showed that his intentions were to eliminate the leaders in Ukrainian society. The famine was a conscious instrument of Soviet policy to break the