JTA — A senior state historian of Ukraine stated that protests by Poland and Israel about his nation’s glorification of Nazi collaborators was Russian propaganda.
Volodymyr Vyatorovych, director of the Ukrainian Institute of Nationwide Remembrance, supplied his opinion final week on social media in reference to a joint letter of protest by the Israeli and Polish ambassadors to Ukraine.
In an uncommon transfer, the 2 diplomats wrote to the mayor of the Ukrainian metropolis of Ivano-Frankisvsk protesting the disclosing there of a monument honoring Roman Shukhevych, a collaborator with the Nazis who’s implicated within the homicide of numerous Jews and ethnic Poles by his UPA nationalist militia throughout the 1940s.
“The letter is in English, however its essence is Russian. The content material — that is additionally a repetition of the Russian propaganda in opposition to the UPA,” Vyatorovych wrote.
Vyatorovych is a constant advocate of the UPA and different pro-Nazi outfits. However his declare that Israel and Poland are serving Russian propaganda is uncommon. Israel final yr was blamed by Russian for the capturing down of a Russian aircraft over Syria, a detailed ally of Russia.
Israel routinely strikes targets in Syria, together with these belonging to the federal government. Israel additionally strikes targets belonging to Iran, a serious buying and selling companion of Russia.
Poland, the place anti-Russian sentiment is rife, is a distinguished member of the NATO alliance, which is essentially dedicated to checking Russian expansionism. Polish President Andrzej Duda is searching for a everlasting US army base in Poland and superior fighter jets to counter what his authorities sees as a rising Russian menace, Radio Liberty reported this week.