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.