The Ukrainian Government said on April 7th that any country sending representatives to Russia’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of their victory against Adolf Hitler, will be blacklisted by Ukraine. That celebration will take place on May 9th.
According to the Russian news report,
“Over the weekend, Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov noted that the leaders of at least 25 states from across the world will attend Moscow’s celebrations. … The leaders of China, Vietnam, the Czech Republic, Cuba and North Korea have confirmed their attendance. Meanwhile, the leaders of Germany, Britain, Poland, the Baltic States and the United States have confirmed that they won’t be attending.”
The United States and Ukraine were two of only three countries that voted at the United Nations against a recent resolution condemning the resurgence of fascism or racist fascism (nazism), or of Holocaust-denial. The resolution didn’t name or identify any particular country or countries. The U.S. representative to the UN said that she voted against it because Ukraine’s UN representative voted against it. The third nation that voted against it was Canada, which voted against it because the U.S. voted against it. Germany, Britain, Poland, and the Baltic States, abstained from voting on it.
Ukraine’s statement opposing any nation that sends a representative to Russia’s May 9th celebration of the victory against Hitler asserts that Russia is itself a fascist country.
Ukraine will hold its own celebration on May 9th, of victory against Hitler, even though Ukraine had no victory against Hitler and was instead conquered by Hitler’s forces; and, in northwestern Ukraine, welcomed them. After the Nazis moved in, the first leader of Ukraine was Yaroslav Stetsko. He was the second-in-command of Stepan Bandera’s Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. As Wikipedia puts it: