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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, announced that his bipartisan resolution marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. The Holodomor was 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. The resolution now awaits a vote on the Senate floor. 

“We must never forget the atrocities committed against the Ukrainian people at the hands of the Soviet Union during the Holodomor,” said Portman. “This important resolution honors the memory of the millions of Ukrainians who suffered under Joseph Stalin’s cruel policy of using starvation as a weapon to try to break Ukraine’s yearning for independence from Soviet oppression. Ukraine continues the fight today to defend its independence and sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression, and this resolution serves as an important reminder of the horrible atrocities inflicted upon Ukraine and the perseverance of a people whose spirit cannot be broken.” 

NOTE: Most international experts agree that the Holodomor caused at least several million deaths which 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. 

Portman, who received the Ukrainian-American community’s highest honor, the Shevchenko Freedom Award, has long led the effort to provide Ukraine the kind of assistance necessary to ward off Russian aggression and maintain its territorial integrity. He was also awarded the Order of St Volodymyr by the Ukranian Orthodox Church. Portman has visited Ukraine several times, most recently this past April, and led a Congressional election observation mission with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) during Ukraine's Presidential election in 2014. 

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