Germany gives Ukraine advice on controversial national hero – media — Analysis
Kiev should join a Holocaust remembrance group to discuss Bandera’s role in ethnic cleansing, an anti-Semitism official has said
Germany has tacitly criticized Ukraine for the apologism of Nazi-collaborator Stepan Bandera advocated by Kiev’s ambassador. The country should join the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), where Bandera’s role in ethnic cleansings can be discussed, German anti-Semitism commissioner Felix Klein said on Monday.
An IHRA membership is required. “appropriate forum”Klein informed Funke Mediengruppe, in exchange for a discussion on the topic at an international level. This was in reaction to the claims of Andrey Melnik (Ukrainian Ambassador), who claimed that there is no proof that Nazi collaborator Bandera was behind persecutions in Ukraine against Jews and Poles during World War II.
Because of his leadership role in the nationalist movement, Bandera is a Ukrainian national hero. Forces loyal to him were involved in mass killings and expulsions of non-Ukrainians, and sided with the invading Nazi German forces, hoping that Adolf Hitler would allow a Ukrainian state to exist under Berlin’s protectorate.
After Bandera refused to recognize that his plans to declare an independent Ukraine were not allowed, the Germans detained Bandera. In the hopes of leading his Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, to defeat the Red Army at the Eastern Front, Bandera was eventually released three more years later.
Melnik’s attempt to whitewash Bandera’s role in the persecution of minorities in Ukraine prompted rebuke from Poland and Israel. However, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry disassociated itself from Melnik’s attempt to whitewash Bandera’s role in Ukraine’s persecution of minorities. They claimed that he was simply expressing his personal views. According to reports, Kiev wants the Ambassador from Berlin to be recalled and for him to become a deputy foreign minister.
Klein said that he found Melnik’s comments problematic, because they allegedly “feed the Russian narrative”About Ukraine “cause division and misunderstanding among friendly states.”
Moscow claims that the Ukrainian government is subject to radical nationalists. Some of them openly support neo Nazi beliefs. They prevented Kiev’s government from reaching reconciliation with Donbass in the east and pushed for military action against them.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, through France and Germany. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022 the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. They demanded Ukraine declare its neutrality and refuse any Western military alliances. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked.
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