The population of Zelenky village (Myronivskyi district, Kyivska region) suffered from Holodomor-genocide of 1932-1933. According to the calculation of Zelenky village council (made in 1993), Holodomor killed about 2.5 thousand man, women, and children. Before Holodomor, there were 1630 yards in the village, after it the number decreased to approximately 1580.
The real starvation started in the autumn of 1932. All the wheat (even the seeding grains) was taken out of the kolkhozes in order to complete the grain procurements. However, the village did not manage to complete the plan. Then the wheat was being confiscated from the peasants. They understood that such policy would lead to the starvation, and started to hide the wheat. If the bread was found, the person was brought to criminal responsibility. Despite all the struggle of village authorities, the plan was not completed. That is why Zelenky village was put onto the “black board.”
Because of starvation, people were eating boiled chuff, roots, grass, bark, leaves. People had been swelling and dying from the winter of 1932, and not individually, but by the whole families. The particularly big death rate was observed from January to June 1933.
In the village, there are several places of mass burials, where the corpses of people killed by starvation were brought. In one pit, 50 to 100 bodies were buried. At the village cemeteries, the memorial monuments (big crosses and the mound) are installed. In the center of the village, the monument to Holodomor victims was installed.
Here you can see one of the mass graves, where the mound was heaped up and the memorial cross was installed in 2003.