BBC Monitoring Service from
One Plus One TV in Kyiv
November 23, 2002
Today is the fourth Saturday in November, when one of the most tragic events
of Ukraine's history is commemorated. Seventy years ago this country lived
through the most dreadful famine over the entire last century. Eighteen
people were dying every minute in Ukraine in 1932-33. During those tragic
years, Ukraine lost 7m-10m people.
Only quite recently the historical truth has become known. Not nature and
not bad harvest were to blame. The famine was artificial. It was provoked
and organized by the then Soviet administration.
The Ukrainian president [Leonid Kuchma] ruled to commemorate the artificial
famine and political repression by his decree in 1998.
Today the leaders of the state laid flowers to the monument to the victims
of the artificial famine of 1932-1933. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma,
his top aides, people's deputies, parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn and
government ministers commemorated the memory of the Stalin regime victims.
For the newly appointed prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych, this was the
first participation in such a ceremony.
[0030-0200; video shows the ceremony] Source: One Plus One TV, Kiev, in
Ukrainian 1730 gmt 23 Nov 02; BBC Monitoring