Putin’s latest horror plot ‘based off hero Stalin’ as ‘millions’ set to be hit

Vladimir Putin's horrifying decision to ban Ukraine from exporting its grain could be a Stalin-esque plan to cause famine across the globe, an expert has warned.

Ukraine is an important food exporter, contributing 42% of the sunflower oil traded on the global market, 16% of the maize and 9% of the wheat.

But Putin's blocking of Ukrainian Black Sea ports means that this harvest cannot reach other parts of the world, with "tens of millions of people in Africa and Asia" possibly set to starve according to expert Timothy Snyder.

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The Levin Professor of History at Yale claims Putin channeling his hero Joseph Stalin to escalate his war in Ukraine.

Earlier this month Snyder outlined how Putin could be "preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe”.

In a Twitter thread, Professor Snyder warned that "tens of millions of people in Africa and Asia will starve" if Ukraine remains unable to export its grain.

He added: "The horror of Putin's hunger plan is so great that we have a hard time apprehending it.

“We also tend to forget how central food is to politics. Some historical examples can help."

Professor Snyder referred to historical figures such as Adolf Hitler and Stalin to explain Putin's thinking.

He continued: "For Stalin, Ukraine's black earth was to be exploited to build an industrial economy for the USSR. In fact, collectivised agriculture killed about four million Ukrainians.

"Notably, as people began to die in large numbers, Stalin blamed the Ukrainians themselves. Soviet propaganda called those who drew attention to the famine 'Nazis’."

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The expert is referring to the Holodomor – the man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933 that killed millions.

It was caused by Stalin's desire to eradicate Ukraine’s small farms and replace them with state-run collectives.

Alex de Waal, author of the 2018 book Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine, explained further while speaking to History in 2019.

He said the "Ukrainian famine was a clear case of a man-made famine".

Mr de Waal described it as “a hybrid…of a famine caused by calamitous social-economic policies and one aimed at a particular population for repression or punishment".

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