In several days Ukraine along with other nations across the globe will commemorate the victory over Nazism –the most dangerous threat that the mankind ever faced in its modern history. We praise the immense contribution of all Allies to the victory over Nazism. The Ukrainian people paid extremely high price as 8 million of Ukrainians lost their lives in the years of the Second World War. 720 Ukrainian towns and 28 000 villages were ruined, hundreds of thousands of industrial and agricultural facilities, schools and hospitals were totally destroyed.
Ukraine along with the rest of the civilized world will commemorate the events of WWII under the motto “Never again”. It is a matter of concern, that the Kremlin propaganda incites militarist sentiments of Russians, claiming that they “can repeat it once again”. Russia has tried to explore the issue of Victory over Nazism for the purposes of legitimizing its current aggression. We should not let Russia to seize our common history. Russia has acted against Ukraine in Nazi-style manner, thus losing the moral right to associate itself with the heroes, who defeated Nazism.
It is a real blasphemy to memory of WWII victims that Russia attempts to justify its current aggression by references to the Victory over Nazism (St. George ribbon/Guards ribbon as an identification mark of Russia-led illegal armed formations; “Immortal regiment” as an occasion to demonstrate the pictures of killed Russian terrorists and symbolic of Russian illegal armed formations). In its approaches to the WWII history, Russia has returned to the Stalin times, disavowing even those assessments and acknowledgements, made in late 80th and 90th. For instance, the Russian state propagandists has again justified the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and put into question Soviet responsibility for execution of Polish officers in Katyn.
Ukraine calls on the leaders to carefully consider the risks and challenges, related to the Kremlin’s invitation to Moscow V-Day events. The planned by the Kremlin grand celebration of the 75th anniversary of victory over the Nazi Germany and its attempt to attract as many foreign state leaders as possible to participate in the Victory Parade in Moscow (due to pandemic it was postponed till 3 September 2020) is also a political manipulation. The participation of the foreign representatives in the “Victory Parade” in 2020 is envisaged by the Kremlin as a litmus paper of the West’s readiness to appease the occupation of Crimea and Donbas, to return to “business as usual” and to lift sanctions. Those, who will opt for visiting Moscow, must ask themselves, whether they will be ready to greet occupants of Crimea and Donbas among the troops, marching across the Red Square? Whether they will be ready to cheerfully observe the weaponry of the same types that has been used for killing people in Donbas, BUK missile for instance? The ways of commemoration of the Victory Day in Russia serve for the purposes of militarization of the society. Shielding itself with the anti-fascist rhetoric, Russia is leading in fact an aggressive neo-fascist policy in Europe.
Today Ukraine is the only country in Europe that, baring the arms, opposes the armed aggression of Kremlin neo-fascist and neo-Stalinist regime. Ukraine protects not only its own sovereignty and territorial integrity, but all the democratic Europe and its civilizational values.
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