Ukraine marks Soviet-era forced famine

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On Saturday, relatives and survivors lit 33,000 candles in Kiev as Ukrainians marked the anniversary of the Great Famine in 1932-1933 that the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin provoked as part of his campaign to force Ukrainian peasants to give up their land and join collective farms. During the height of the famine, which was enforced by methodical confiscation of all food by the Soviet secret police, cannibalism was widespread. The Soviet-era forced famine killed up to 10 million Ukrainians.

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