These are historically accurate images taken during the Holodomor within the borders of what was at that time Soviet Ukraine. Some are photographs staged by Soviet officials. Cameras were rare in Ukraine and were often confiscated by the authorities, thus, few photographs of this period exist. Most of the historical images were taken by foreigners who snuck into the country to seek true accounts of what was taking place. Soviet Ukraine’s borders were closed to anyone with an interest in reporting and special permission and guides were required to travel within its borders. In 1933, the Foreign Ministry began requiring correspondents to submit a proposed itinerary before any journey into the provinces could be undertaken; all requests to visit Ukraine were refused.