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Holodomor Remembrance Day

Ukraine over the weekend marked the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor—a severe human-made famine that ravaged the country between 1932 and 1933, killing as many as 5 million people. The causes have been variously attributed to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin seeking to blunt a burgeoning Ukrainian independence movement and agricultural mismanagement by the centralized Soviet Union government. The tragedy has taken on renewed significance amid Russia's current invasion of Ukraine; learn more about the Holodomor here (w/video).

Meanwhile, officials in the capital of Kyiv said power had largely been restored following a Wednesday barrage of Russian missile and drone strikes targeting energy infrastructure. The attacks came as snow fell and temperatures dropped below freezing across most of the country. Reports suggest the winter weather has slowed on-the-ground operations on both sides.

In the country's south, Russian forces continued to shell Kherson, the strategic port city it occupied since March but recently abandoned in the face of a Ukrainian counteroffensive. See updates on the war here.

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