Russia’s ruling United Russia party has condemned Ukraine’s plans to remove any mention of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 from history textbooks.
These plans were announced on Tuesday by Volodymyr Vyatovich, director of the Ukrainian National Memory Institute. All after-effects of “the Soviet-era propaganda and primarily a myth about the Great Patriotic War” should be dropped from educational materials and textbooks, he said. “For us, the Second World War started on September 1, 1939, and we have no right to narrow it to the Great Patriotic War, as it was much more horrible and tragic.”
The arguments of the Ukrainian government are becoming more and more reckless, Ivan Kvitka, a deputy chairman of the International Committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said on Tuesday. “They have already denied their Soviet past. Now they are denying the feat of their fathers and grandfathers. I don’t think attempts to deny their own roots could bring Ukraine closer to Europe,” he said.