Nottingham Evening Post.  NOTTINGHAM'S Ukrainian community has remembered one of the worst famines in European history.

Commemorations took place over the weekend to mark the 80th anniversary of Holodomor,in which at least seven million Ukrainians starved to death.

Ukrainians say the famine of 1932-33 was an act of genocide orchestrated by Stalin's Communist Government.

Among the victims of Holodomor – which literally translates as "death by hunger" – were a third of Ukraine's children at the time.

People who lived through the atrocity, and relatives of other survivors, gathered at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sneinton yesterday to remember the victims.

Around 80 people attended a mass at the church, in Bond Street, before local children lit candles to remember the young people who lost their lives in the famine.

The Rev David Senyk led the service.

His 93-year-old father, Pawlo Senyk, grew up in Ukraine at the time of Holodomor.

He said: "We're remembering the victims of the mass starvation.

"The Ukrainian community in Nottingham is dwindling but we have in the region of 250 to 280 families officially registered in the parish. It's a very elderly community, with many in their 80s and 90s.

"In the 1930s, these people lived through Holodomor so it's still very real for them."

The service was part of commemorations held by members of the Nottingham branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) over the weekend.

A ceremony was also held at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, in Mansfield Road, Carrington, on Saturday.

Children lit candles and a new statue to commemorate the anniversary was also unveiled.

No food or drink was served during the event as a mark of respect for those who starved to death 80 years ago.

AUGB Nottingham chairman Leigh Harrison, 41, of Sherwood, said relatives of his wife, Liudmila, had been living in Ukraine at the time of the Holodomor.

He said: "As an outsider coming into the Ukrainian community, it's something when you read about what happened is very horrific. I would defy anybody not to be touched by some of the accounts."

Mike Kuchta, 66, of Gamston, said his mother and father had also been living in western Ukraine at the time of the famine.

They fled to the UK at the end of the Second World War, settling in Nottingham.

Mr Kuchta said: "We were taught about Holodomor from the word go. As a young person you didn't grasp the seriousness of it all.

"Seven million people died – that's bigger than most nations. Days like today bring the Ukrainian community together to commemorate the injustice of what happened."

The event was among a number to have been held by Ukrainian communities across the UK to mark Holodomor Remembrance Day on Saturday.

A service was held at the Holodomor memorial in London on Saturday, while church services were also held at both the Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic churches in London yesterday.

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