Row rages over Ukrainians and Red Army victory over Nazi Germany (Video)
This week's Auschwitz liberation anniversary was somewhat overshadowed by a spat between Polish and Russian officials over the issue of the role of Ukrainians in liberating the infamous Nazi concentration camp.
Outraged with the comments by Poland’s Foreign Minister about Ukrainians’ prominent role in the historic event, Russia released archive documents to show the multi-national make-up of the Soviet forces at the time, Ukraine Today reports.
Ukrainian historian Ivan Dereiko mentioned that the archive materials presented by the Kremlin in fact contradicted with Moscow’s own statements that they could have liberated Auschwitz without the help of Ukrainians. The documents show that half of the troops of the First Ukrainian Front were actually of Ukrainian nationality, therefore the statistics fail to support Russia’s efforts to lay claim over the legacy of the victory in World War II.
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