Atrocious Russian dictator Vladimir Putin found a grisly way to imitate his favorite predecessor, Soviet mass murderer leader Joseph Stalin, and punish Ukraine for its successful resistance to his invasion.
The Russian tyrant is doing that by unleashing a 1930s, Stalin-style Terror-Famine upon the Ukrainians.
Russians Stealing Ukrainians’ Grain
In the 1930s, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, a disciple of communist chief Vladimir Lenin and best frenemy of Adolf Hitler, conducted one of the most horrifying genocide and ethnic cleansing campaigns.
His regime killed some ten million Ukrainians by having the communist regime rob them of their food and leaving them to starve to death.
The Terror-Famine achieved Stalin’s “double goal” of crushing any restlessness about his rule in the Ukrainian-populated regions of the Soviet Union, while earning him foreign currency.
Much of the wheat and other staples seized from the poor Ukrainians were exported.
There are reports that Putin is trying to do exactly what Stalin did. He is already just as paranoid as Stalin. Though, fortunately, Putin controls only a small portion of Ukraine in the south and southeast.
The huge amount of grain stolen by the Russian regime was announced by Ukraine’s Agriculture and Food Minister, Taras Vysotsky, as cited by The Daily Mail.
Vysotsky said Russian invaders stole the grain from four Ukrainian regions: Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk, and Luhansk.
don't forget the HOLODOMOR. pic.twitter.com/SRo1a8PJW1
— Бруно В. (@brnvvz) May 4, 2022
This is so much a reminder of Stalin's #Holodomor genocide. Putin stealing a third of Ukrainian grain stored in the territory Russia invaded
— Tomi T Ahonen Standing With Ukraine (@tomiahonen) May 5, 2022
After denying for years that Stalin directed a famine in Soviet Ukraine, Russia is now requisitioning grain from occupied Ukraine.https://t.co/UyGVabPqtW
— Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) May 5, 2022
⚡️Russia steals 400,000 tons of grain from temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
Taras Vysotsky, first deputy minister of agriculture, said if the theft continues, the regions may experience famine.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 4, 2022
Purposefully Causing the Terror-Famine and Making Cash
Ukraine’s Agriculture Minister explained Russians robbed the occupied regions of their grain stored for use until the 2022 harvest becomes available, leaving Ukraine without basic foodstuffs.
This is certain to cause widespread famine if Putin’s soldiers manage to hold onto occupied territories for longer than several weeks.
Besides robbing the occupied Ukrainians of their grain, Russian invaders also deliberately destroyed their farming infrastructure, including fertilizer stores and grain silos.
Russians have likewise stolen a huge number of tractors, harvesters, and other farming vehicles.
Speaking earlier this week, Ukraine’s top human rights official, Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova, said Putin’s troops are “purposefully employing measures” in order to “cause a new Holodomor in Ukraine.”
Reports say the Putin regime already tried to export 27,000 tonnes of stolen Ukrainian wheat to Egypt.
After Egyptians turned it down, the ship transporting it was redirected either to Syria or Libya, both of those failed rogue states having the presence of Russian military and/or Putin’s private army mercenaries.
Meanwhile, Martin Frick, the head of the UN World Food Program, announced around 4.5 million tonnes of Ukrainian grain remains stuck in the Black Sea and Azov Sea ports, occupied or blockaded by Russia.
This is likely to cause severe food shortages in the Middle East. Countries such as Egypt and Lebanon receive more than 80% of their grain from Ukraine, which is one of the world’s biggest producers.
russia tried to sell grain stolen from #Ukraine to Egypt. #Egypt refused to buy the stolen grain, so the ship changed direction to #Lebanon and #Syria.
In total, 27,000 tons of #Ukrainian grain are on board the Matros Pozynych, which is currently trying to sell the stolen goods pic.twitter.com/B11FXfTqSA
— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) May 4, 2022
#Russia stole about 400,000 tons of grain from occupied Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Luhansk Oblasts of #Ukraine, MFA says.
It's one third of all reserves in the regions.
Putin is repeating Stalin's theft. Ninety years ago, millions of Ukrainians died of starvation. pic.twitter.com/59Y1VeewFK
— Alexander Khrebet/Олександр Хребет (@AlexKhrebet) May 5, 2022
— Camea Mea (@ewa_handtke) May 2, 2022