On the anniversary of Stalin's manufactured famine in Ukraine, Paul Niland looks back at Russia's history of using starvation as a war tactic
A recent investigation by the human rights law firm Global Rights Compliance has found evidence that in the months before Vladimir Putin ordered his armies to invade all of Ukraine, a plan was put in place to steal vast quantities of Ukrainian agricultural produce as the invasion unfolded, with a goal of starving large numbers of Ukrainian citizens into submission.
There is speculation as to whether this premeditated intent to cause a famine in Ukraine could lead to a second set of war crimes charges against Putin, to add to his existing arrest warrant for the mass abduction of Ukrainian children.
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The specifics of the starvation plan involved the purchase of the equipment necessary to realise it and included the purchase by a Russian defence contractor of three brand new 170 metre bulk carrier cargo ships which would have facilitated the theft of Ukrainian grain “on an unprecedented scale” according to the report.