Putin warns of rise of fascist ideology in Eastern Europe during Victory Day parade

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of attempts to rewrite history and the rise of fascist and neo-Nazi parties in Eastern Europe in a speech today before the annual Victory Day parade.

On the 76th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union, Mr. Putin condemned offers to “justify traitors and criminals, on whose hands rests the blood of hundreds of thousands of peaceful people.

“Unfortunately, many ideologies of the Nazis, those who were obsessed with the delusional theory of their exclusivity, are trying again to be brought into service,” he said.

Hundreds of military vehicles and thousands of soldiers took part in the parade.

Mr. Putin’s comments most likely referred to Ukraine, where, since the 2014 “Maidan” coup, the government has officially honored Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera and banned “insulting” his Ukrainian insurgent army. , an organization that killed hundreds of thousands of Jews and Poles during the Holocaust.

Last month, a march through Kiev in honor of the Galician division of the Waffen SS drew international condemnation, notably by British MP Jeremy Corbyn.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy distanced himself from these far-right groups – which describe Ukrainian fascists who fought alongside the Nazis as freedom fighters against the Soviet Union – by visiting Milovoe in the Lugansk region, in eastern Ukraine, most of which is controlled by anti-fascists. rebels at war with the government in Kiev.

“The Ukrainians fought with dozens of peoples against Nazism,” he stressed.

In Saur-Mogila, in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, demonstrators unveiled a 1,000-foot brown and orange banner, in the colors of the St. George’s Ribbon or the Guard’s Ribbon awarded to Soviet veterans of WWII global.

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