History, traditions
Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov

Russia proves atrocities of Ukrainian nationalists during WWII

Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry published an extensive list of archive documents which prove that Ukrainian nationalist groups cooperated with Nazis during WWII.

The documents from the State Archive are dated of 1944-1945. They particularly include numerous “Acts of atrocities and malefaction of fascist invaders and their associates among Ukrainian nationalists” in various settlements in Western Ukraine .

The lists of documents also include testimonies of violence against civilians, acts about the extermination of Jews and Ukrainians committed by German fascists and Ukrainians, about the enslavement of civilians, acts of malefaction against the Poles, etc.

The Ukrainian government approves the honoring of nationalist leaders of different years. The national authorities glorify them as devotees of the motherland. As for WWII nationalists, President Viktor Yushchenko said once that they were standing against both Nazis and Communists.

Kiev has been trying to call Russia to account for Holodomor (Famine Genocide) of the 1930s in Ukraine , claiming that the then-Soviet administration deliberately organized the national famine to exterminate the Ukrainian nation.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated in response that Ukraine was distorting history. At the end of 2008, Dmitry Medvedev sent a message to his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko in which he harshly criticized his approach to famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Medvedev also refused to participate in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Holodomor. The Ukrainian administration believes that the Soviet Union deliberately provoked famine in the country to exterminate the Ukrainian nation.

The Russian administration realizes that the subject of Holodomor has become one of the key issues of Ukraine’s foreign politics during the recent years. “We believe that a part of the political elite and administration of Ukraine intends to use the attitude to this issue as a test for patriotism and loyalty,” Itar-Tass quoted Medvedev.

Medvedev wrote that President Yushchenko urged to clear history of the ideological layering. “I definitely share such an approach. However, Ukraine uses the tragic events of the 1930s as a tool to achieve certain political goals,” the Russian president wrote.

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