Translated by Ollie Richardson
The head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Vladimir Vyatrovich stated that the Soviet General Nikolay Vatutin who liberated Kiev is not a person who one should be proud of, and cited as an example the German collaborator Roman Shukhevych.
The director of the Ukrainian Jewish committee Eduard Dolinsky commented on Vyatrovich’s words on his page on Facebook. In particular, Dolinsky offered a reminder about the “fresh idiocy of the minister of memory Vyatrovich”:
“Yes, indeed, Shukhevych cooperated with the Nazis between 1939-1942. After that he left and headed the anti-nazi resistance in 1943-1944. And Roman Shukhevych is honoured in Ukraine not for cooperation with nazis, but only his fight against the Nazis in 1943-1944 and against the communist totalitarian regime,” quoted Dolinsky from Vyatrovich’s earlier words.
“In other words, if in New York a monument to Osama Bin Ladin is erected where the former twin towers used to stand, then there is nothing terrible in this because, after all, he heroically fought against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan,” noted Dolinsky.
Then the director of the Ukrainian Jewish committee reminded everyone about one more statement made by Vyatrovich about the Hero of the Soviet Union Vatutin:
“On the topic of Vatutin: ‘I am not sure that Vatutin is a figure that we should celebrate. Vatutin is responsible for the deaths of many Red Army men’. I.e., the nazi Hauptmann from an auxiliary police battalion Roman Shukhevych, who was up to his elbows in the blood of the same Red Army men, peaceful Jews, Poles, Belarusians, and Ukrainians is worthy of celebrating, but the General of the Red Army fulfilling his duty isn’t worthy…
Here such completely wild and perverted logic is shown by the head of the State organisation that is responsible for the historical policy of a country that participated and won in the war against the most terrible evil in history – Nazism,” noted Dolinsky.
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