Latvian historian: The Holodomor and the current aggression of Russia in the Donbas have similar goals

The goal of the current Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine is similar to the goal of the Holodomor: to exterminate the Ukrainians as a people because of their desire to be independent and because of their opposition to Russian occupation.

This was said by Latvian historian, Edvīns Šnore, during an interview with Radio Liberty. Šnore is also a member of the Saeima of Latvia, and director of the film, ‘The Soviet Story’.

“The current Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine has a similar goal. In my opinion, the current Russian regime cannot do without Ukraine as the Russian empire cannot exist without Ukraine. By risking almost everything, Russia is ready to commit an offense to save its empire, its goals and an idea,” he explained.

According to Šnore, the Russian war in the east of Ukraine shows that the Kremlin is unable to implement its imperial plans.

“It is only a matter of time before Russia is defeated,” he added.

Discussing his film, Šnore said that after ‘The Soviet Story’ had been shot, he defended his thesis, which involved him researching the West's attitude towards the Holodomor in Ukraine.

“As it turned out, there was information about the Great Famine in Ukraine in the West at that time, but the reaction was very passive. No one did anything while almost seven million people in central Europe were exterminated by hunger. What happened in the east of Ukraine in 2014 is also one of the consequences of the Holodomor,” the historian concluded.

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