The Holodomor was a Soviet state-induced famine in Ukraine between 1932 and 1933. For nearly two years, Joseph Stalin starved Russia and displaced thousands of people in the name of feeding the Soviet Union. Literal tons of food went to waste, and millions of Ukrainians died as a result. The Holodomor was a little-known genocide that struck right before the Holocaust.
Yet, just like with the Holocaust, there is a disturbing amount of Holodomor denial, even in modern times. Only 14 countries worldwide have formally acknowledged that the tragedy was indeed a genocide, and the US is not one of them. President Barack Obama made a memorial speech in 2016, acknowledging “one of the most horrific man-made tragedies in modern history.” But to this day, Russia denies that the government was behind the famine, and instead blames it on environmental causes. But as their tension with Ukraine shows, the relationship between the two countries has never been a peaceful one.