In the Prymorskyi district of the Zaporizhzhia region a monument to the rebels against the communist regime is being built

5 July 2018

In the Borysivka village of the Prymorskyi district a memorial sign, dedicated to the uprising in October 1930, will be established to the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-1933, the press service of the Zaporizhzhia Regional State Administration reports.

“In Soviet times, these events were forbidden to speak about, people were repressed because of memtioninf of them. The truth was discovered only recently thanks to the research of the deputy head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance Volodymyr Tilishchak and historian Yuriy Shchura”, the statement said.

Rebellion started on October 6, 1930 by the initiative of 24-year-old Ivan Bondarenko. Dozens of women were standing side by side, blocking the entrances to the courtyards, surrounded and disbanded the “activists.” Police arrested several women-protesters. In response, hundreds of people surrounded the village council, threatening to storm it. Women were released and the next day the riots continued. Great resistance to the robbers was made at the farms of Pylyp Onyschenko, Afanasiy Potaneyev and many other inhabitants of Borysivka. The Zaporizhzhya peasantry did not abide to the Stalinist cradles. Mass rebellions took place in the village Shyroke of Zaporizhzhya district, in Mykhaylivske and Melitopol regions. The apogee of the struggle was the Borysivka uprising.

Peasant rebellions lasted for three weeks. However, people were not able to oppose the Soviet punitive machine endlessly. The guards arrested the thirty most active participants and broke the resistance. For a year, an artificial famine began in the village. Human rights activist and dissident Petro Grigorenko, born in Borysivka, mentions it in his memoirs.

According to the results of an organizational meeting in the Prymorskyi District State Administration, with the participation of Oleksandr Zubchenko, the deputy director of the Department of Information Activity and Communications of the Regional State Administration, it was decided to honor the feat of folk heroes. So, to commemorate the Holodomor Victims Day at the village Glory Memorial, they a memorial stone and information plaque in honor of the heroes will be installed.

Recall, that in Zaporizhzhia, the vandals have damaged the monument to the Holodomor victims.