This is quite a big celebration in Ukraine - a rememberance of a famine:
It was not until 2006 that the Holodomor, a devastating famine which took place in the Ukraine region of the Soviet Union, was recognized in the Ukrainian parliament as a deliberate act of genocide against the country’s people. The artificially introduced food shortage created under Stalin was at its peak in June 1933, with nearly 28,000 people starving to death every day. Estimates have put the total number of fatalities at approximately 7 million.
An interesting part of history that is shared by both Russia and Ukraine. With this, should never be forgotten as a chronical of history shared by both states. Under the rule of communist Russia with the leadership of Stalin, the only value Russia had to raise funding to match Western industry, was food in the form of grain supplies. And the primary source was the very rich black farmland soil found in Ukraine.
It was then as planned, the Ukrainian people paid the price with their lives to finance this Russian venture. As follows of url"
I do remember this from my school days in Denmark. We studied it as the Russian five year plan.
Soviet famine of 1932–33. Areas of most disastrous famine marked with black.
The Soviet famine of 1932–33 was a major famine that killed millions of people in the major grain-producing areas of the Soviet Union, including Ukraine, Northern Caucasus, Volga Region and Kazakhstan, the South Urals, and West Siberia. The Holodomor in Ukraine and Kazakh famine of 1932–33 have been seen as genocide committed by Joseph Stalin's government; it is estimated between 3.3 and 7.5 million died in Ukraine and ~2,000,000 (40% of all Kazakhs) died in Kazakhstan.
Between 2.4 and 4 millionethnic Ukrainians are estimated to have perished as a result of the famine. The exact number of deaths is hard to determine due to a lack of records, but the number increases significantly when the deaths in the heavily Ukrainian-populated Kuban region are included. Older estimates are still often cited in political commentary. According to the findings of the Court of Appeal of Kiev in 2010, the demographic losses due to the famine amounted to 10 million, with 3.9 million direct famine deaths, and a further 6.1 million birth deficit.
Stalin and other party members had ordered that kulaks were "to be liquidated as a class" Conquest, Robert (1986). The Harvest Sorrow. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 117. ISBN 0195051807. and so they became a target for the state. The richer, land-owning peasants were labeled 'kulaks" and were portrayed by the Bolsheviks as class enemies, which culminated Soviet campaign of political repressions, including arrests, deportations, and executions of large numbers of the better-off peasants and their families in 1929–1932.