Bipartisan Resolution Commemorates Stalin’s Famine-Genocide Against the Ukrainian People

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), co-chairs of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, introduced a resolution today marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, Stalin’s intentional starvation of large segments of Ukrainian society from 1932-1933. The resolution would commemorate the anniversary of the Holodomor and recognize the Soviet Union’s role in perpetrating this genocide. The resolution builds on a number of congressional actions to condemn the Holodomor and honor its victims, including the 2015 dedication of the Holodomor Memorial in Washington, D.C. Portman and Durbin were joined in introducing this resolution by a bipartisan group of Senators including Senators Inhofe (R-OK), Casey (D-PA), Rubio (R-FL), Gardner (R-CO), Blumenthal (D-CT), Wicker (R-MS), Brown (D-OH), Johnson (R-WI), Murphy (D-CT), Klobuchar (D-MN), and Shaheen (D-NH).  

“This important resolution honors the memory of the millions of Ukrainians who suffered under the Soviets’ policy of using starvation as a weapon to try to break the independence and identity of the Ukrainian nation,” said Portman. “As Ukraine continues to fight today to defend its independence and sovereignty in the face of Russia aggression, this resolution serves as an even more important reminder of  the horrible atrocities inflicted upon Ukraine and the perseverance of a people whose spirit cannot be broken.”

“Ukraine’s famine is an ugly chapter in world history, in which millions of civilians died at the hands of the Soviet Union’s cruel policies,” said Durbin. “As a co-chair of the Senate’s Ukraine Caucus, I am proud to introduce this resolution to raise awareness in our country of this mass tragedy. We remember the victims of the famine who were killed and support the efforts of the Ukrainian people to bring global awareness to it, particularly as the world confronts Russian aggression today. We extend our deepest sympathies to the victims, survivors, and families of this tragedy.”

NOTE: Most international experts agree that the Holodomor caused at least several million deaths but remains unacknowledged by Russia. The Holodomor was a key element of the Soviets’ brutal strategy to break Ukraine as a nation, defeat its push for greater self-rule or outright independence, and fully subordinate it to Moscow’s rule.

The resolution would commemorate the anniversary of the Holodomor and recognize the Soviet Union’s role in perpetrating it, building off of the recent dedication of the Holodomor monument in Washington, D.C.