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US News Ukrainian ambassador boycotted commemoration with Steinmeier

11:55  18 june  2021
11:55  18 june  2021 Source:   rp-online.de

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Berlin. Andrij Melnyk criticizes that the event takes place in the German-Russian Museum. What is behind the allegations - and what follow you for the relationship between Germany and Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian Ambassador Andrij Melnyk boycotted a commemorative event for the 80th anniversary of the robbery on the Soviet Union with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, because she takes place in the German-Russian Museum in Berlin-Karlshorst. This is "from the point of view of the Ukrainian an affront, very regrettable and strange at the same time," the ambassador writes in a letter to the museum director Jörg Morré, who presented the German press agency and reported the first of the "Tagesspiegel".

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of the ambassador criticizes that the permanent exhibition in the museum is dedicated to the destruction war Nazi-Germany against the Soviet Union (USSR) and the museum still bears only Russia in the name - and not other Soviet republics such as Ukraine and Belarus, which in the Second World War also millions in the Second World War Sacrifice to complain. "In this way, the UDSSR is equated with Russia, which represents a history revolution and to reject vehement," writes Melnyk. "It is really burnable, especially for future German-Ukrainian reconciliation that these targeted Russian historia still finds a broad political and social echo in the Federal Republic."

The German Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst is located in the building, in which the Undercuts of the Wehrmacht in the night of 8 to 9 May 1945, before representatives of the Soviet Union, the US, Great Britain and France, signed the unconditional surrender. This ended the Second World War in Europe.

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On June 22nd, the German attack on the Soviet Union for the 80th time. On this occasion, the museum opens the exhibition "Dimensions of a crime. Soviet prisoners of war in World War II ". Steinmeier wants to hold the central Gedenkrede on the anniversary for this occasion. The Bundestag had recently honored the anniversary with a debate last week.

historians appreciate the number of world war victims in the field of former Soviet Union to about 27 million. Ukraine had the highest population losses in its total population to Belarus. According to Ukrainian information, between eight and ten million inhabitants of today's Ukrainian state area between 1939 and 1945 were killed.

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