Starvation as a Weapon of War

Starvation as a Weapon of War

90 years since the Holodomor famine, experts discuss the weaponization of hunger in Ukraine and globally.

In 1932-33, the Stalinist regime attempted to starve Ukrainians into subjugation through a man-made famine, known as the Holodomor. Today, Russia once again uses hunger as a weapon in its full-scale war against Ukraine. Siege tactics and the obstruction of humanitarian aid have left Ukrainian civilians without food and water. In addition, Russia continues to threaten global food security by blockading Ukraine’s grain exports to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Warfare is one of the main drivers of mass starvation globally. Yet, the crime of starvation has rarely been prosecuted. Our online panel will discuss how Russia’s weaponization of hunger compares to other cases of starvation warfare internationally, the importance of memorializing past famines for the understanding of mass starvation today, and the tools of international law to fight for accountability for these crimes.

Hosted by the Ukrainian Institute London. Admission is free; register here. 


Daria Mattingy

Daria Mattingly is a lecturer in European history at the University of Chichester and an Affiliated Lecturer in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Alex de Waal

Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Catriona Murdoch

Catriona Murdoch is one of the partners at Global Rights Compliance.


Kateryna Busol

Kateryna Busol is a Ukrainian lawyer specializing in international humanitarian, criminal law, transitional justice, gender, and cultural heritage.

Date & Time

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM GMT


Online, Zoom