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Timothy Snyder compares Russian grain blockade to Stalin's starvation tactics | DW News |

US historian Timothy Snyder has compared Russia's blockade of grain supplies from Ukraine with Stalin's terror of hunger.

"This is a disaster," said US historian Timothy Snyder of the situation in Ukraine. Speaking at DW's Global Media Forum, the contemporary historian and expert on Eastern Europe referred to Russia's grain blockade in the Black Sea as a policy resembling the Soviet period of Stalinism in the early 1930s.

He drew parallels to Stalin's terror of starvation in Ukraine, which claimed millions of lives. But at that time, Snyder said, there were no journalists drawing international attention to the famine. Russia's war of aggression will now lead to a new famine that will last for two years, Snyder warned.

Looking back in history

At the time, Stalin's terror regime also had an impact on Germany's Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, who invaded Soviet Ukraine during World War II.

"The famine in 1933 and 1932 was also an inspiration to Adolf Hitler, whose main goal was to control the fertile agricultural territory of Ukraine," Snyder said at the conference.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 06:32:42 PM EST
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An alernative view of Snyder
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 06:37:26 PM EST
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I suspected his role as such ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 07:01:15 PM EST
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Russia and Ukraine are battling over underwater mines as the global food crisis worsens | CNBC |

William Alberque, director of strategy, technology and arms control at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told CNBC that Ukraine would have been "crazy" not to have mined the approaches to its ports and that its reluctance to remove them now was rational.

    "You can completely understand why Ukraine would be using sea mines right now. The chance of amphibious assault on Odesa has been something explicitly made by the Russians."

But strategists agree that Russia is now using the mines to its economic and military advantage.

"The mines are a real barrier to grain exports from Ukraine ... and they're a big problem," Sidharth Kaushal, a naval power expert with the Royal United Services Institute think tank, told CNBC Thursday, noting that Russia had been strategic about the mines.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 06:37:52 PM EST
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