Ukraine is marking the 75th anniversary of the Great Famine of the 1930s which took the lives of millions. Leaders of Georgia, Latvia and some other countries are expected to participate in the events on Saturday. Modern Ukrainian politicians claim that the famine was genocide targeted at Ukrainian people.
As commemorative events take place historians still can't agree on exactly how many lost their lives throughout the Soviet Union.
"Our entire village was starving. My mother used to send us to pick rotten potatoes to make pancakes. We also ate leaves and grass," said Zinaida Plotnikova, who survived the famine. "People were swollen with hunger. During that year my grandparents, my brother and my aunt’s four little children all died."
It was not through drought or poor harvests that they lost their lives. Historians say the famine was ‘artificially engineered’, blaming Josef Stalin’s decision to force peasants to give up their land and join collective farms.