Kyiv Court of Appeals has launched the pre-trial hearing in Holodomor 1932-33 case in Ukraine
According to Prosecutor General's Office officials, the case was opened by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

The SBU launched the Great Famine investigation in March 2009. Last December the case was transmitted to the PGO.

The Ukrainian investigation established that genocide was committed by way of creating an artificial famine using such mechanisms as isolation of Ukraine's territory by special armed military units; inscription of districts and localities into the so-called 'black boards', blockade by troops, ban on people's movement outside the bounds of these areas, full seizure of foodstuffs and seed stocks, trade ban; restriction of free movement of peasants with the aim of looking for foodstuffs.

In the course of the investigation, Ukraine has received absolute evidences of committing crimes against humanity by the USSR top officials. Genocide in Ukraine in 1932-33 is proved by 3,685 Soviet classified documents, including with Joseph Stalin's signature, and many other papers, as well as 933 mass burial places of genocide victims.

According to different estimates, the Great Famine (Holodomor) took from 7 to 10 million lives in Ukraine, including around 4 million children, which was 25% of the country's population at that time.

In the course of the investigation, genocide in Ukraine in 1932-33 is proved by thousands of classified documents, many other papers, as well as 933 mass burial places of genocide victims.

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