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Ukraine marks anniversary of tragic famine, plans for pro-EU protests

  • Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, hands out posters with call to come to the rally in support of Ukraine's integration with the European Union in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, hands out posters with call to come to the rally in support of Ukraine's integration with the European Union in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists hang an EU flag during a rally in support of Ukraine's integration with the European Union in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Activists hang an EU flag during a rally in support of Ukraine's integration with the European Union in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists rally in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, in support of Ukraine's integration with the European Union in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Activists rally in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, in support of Ukraine's integration with the European Union in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

Ukrainians are marking the 80th anniversary of a devastating Soviet man-made famine that killed millions amid public anger over the government's decision to snub a potential landmark deal with the European Union and its tilt toward Moscow.

Several thousand people marched through the center of Kiev on Saturday to commemorate the deaths of millions of Ukrainians who perished during a famine engineered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1932-33, in an attempt to force peasants to join collective farms. Ukraine's parliament has labeled the famine, known here as Holodomor — or death by hunger — as genocide.

Meanwhile, hundreds of activists are protesting on Kiev's main square, days after the government froze plans to sign the EU deal after pressure from Moscow. A larger rally is planned for Sunday.