Comments and statements by Foreign Ministry Spokesman

17 November 201715:57

Comment by the Information and Press Department on changes to the law on veterans in Ukraine

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It deeply saddens us to note that, on the initiative of Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman, the Verkhovna Rada has approved amendments to the law On the Status of War Veterans, under which the term ‘The Great Patriotic War’ must be completely removed from the legal text and replaced with ‘The Second World War’.

This is a blatant manifestation of the policy pursued by the Kiev authorities, aimed at the forcible obliteration of the history of their own country. Other such moves are the dismantlement of monuments, the renaming of streets and settlements and a ban on wearing the St. George ribbon.

In addition, the new legislation equates veterans, heroes of the Great Patriotic War, with Maidan participants.

All this insults the memory of those killed during the Great Patriotic War, who defended their Motherland, their homes and families, and it is also disrespectful to surviving veterans. To forget that the Great Patriotic War was simultaneously one of the most tragic and one of the most heroic chapters in the history of the vast number of nations making up the Soviet Union, who fought side by side and who sacrificed their lives for future generations, is great disrespect for one’s own ancestors and one’s own history.  

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