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In the 1920s the USSRs New Economic Policy NEP designed to rehabilitate the postwar economy helped rejuvenate agriculture in Ukraine Anxious to attract popular support the Soviet regime also introduced Ukrainization a policy that encouraged the use of Ukrainian language and the development of national culture Beginning in the late 1920s Soviet leader Joseph Stalin brutally reversed both trends Peasant landholdings were forcibly collectivized and crops were extorted to support industrialization The result was a terrible famine in 1932 and 1933 in which an estimated 5 million to 14 million Ukrainians perished At this catastrophic cost industrial production was pushed to record-breaking levels in 1940 it was more than seven times as high as in 1913 In the mid-1930s Stalin initiated mass arrests and executions of his opponents both real and imagined resulting in the devastation of Ukraines intelligentsia by the end of the decade Although many people still argue that this famine was caused by drought or pestilence it was by the hand of man that so many people were sentenced to death by starvation Anyone who died was consumed among with dogs cats and other feral animals that lived in and among the villages in Ukraine In 1917 Ukraine declared its independence for the first time in the 20th Century Within two years the country was incorporated into the Soviet Union when the Bolsheviks came to power Soon after it became apparent to the Soviet government that the hopes for Ukrainian independence would be a major threat to their power Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe and was once called its bread-basket After Russia the Ukrainian republic was far and away the most important economic component of the former Soviet Union producing about four times the output of the next-ranking republic Its fertile black soil generated more than one-fourth of Soviet agricultural output and its farms provided substantial quantities of meat milk grain and vegetables to
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