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WHEREAS, 89 years ago, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his totalitarian regime committed an act of genocide through the implementation of an engineered famine, confiscating all foodstuffs from the Ukrainian people resulting in the deaths of 7 - 10 million innocent men, women, and children; and

WHEREAS, this genocide, Holodomor, meaning "murder by starvation", was specifically designed by the Soviet regime to punish independent-minded Ukrainians for their resistance to Stalin's political, economic, cultural, and social subjugation; and

WHEREAS, even as the Soviets continued to export Ukraine's grain to the rest of the world, Ukrainian farmers, who tended to the farms in the breadbasket of Europe, were purposefully starved in a slow and painful death; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of archival KGB documents created during this genocide detailed and described the Soviet regime's actions and intention to destroy Ukraine's national identity by deporting and executing Ukraine's religious, intellectual, and cultural leaders, and prosecuting or executing others who dared to speak of the Holodomor; and

WHEREAS, through a recently released major motion film entitled "Mr. Jones," depicting Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who witnessed and reported on the Holodomor, the world is afforded an opportunity to understand the realities of the Soviet crime; and

WHEREAS, the official recognition of the Holodomor as a genocide by the government of Ukraine represents a significant step in adjudicating Soviet crimes and in reestablishing Ukraine's national identity and the advancement of efforts to establish a democratic and free Ukraine that is fully integrated into the Western community of nations; and

WHEREAS, the current war in Ukraine has been referred to as a genocide and is yet another example of relentless Russian aggression attempting to suppress a freedom-loving nation and its social, cultural, historical, economic, and national development; and

WHEREAS, in relating the historical context of the 1932-1933 Holodomor and the current war in Ukraine, the poignant theme of the 89th anniversary commemoration of the Holodomor remains profound and significant: "Holodomor Then, Genocide Now, Justice When";

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of November 2022, as

UKRAINIAN GENOCIDE AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 13th day of October

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