Disinfo: Sandu began her visit to Kyiv with a Nazi slogan


Sandu began her visit to Kyiv with a Nazi slogan.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the Nazis and also aiming to discredit Moldovan President Maia Sandu.

Maia Sandu was in Kyiv on January 12 to meet her Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy for her first official visit abroad. During this meeting, she said "Glory to Ukraine".

"Glory to Ukraine" is not a Nazi slogan. This claim was also debunked by Stopfake.org.

According to historians, the use of the slogan "Glory to Ukraine" was first found in 1919. It was used in the horse regiment of the "black Cossacks" during the UPR (Ukrainian People's Republic), later in the Skoropadsky Hetmanate. The Bandera wing of the OUN approved this slogan as an official greeting to the organization only in 1941, and then the answer was added - "Glory to Heroes."

"During Euromaidan protests this slogan lost any connection to the OUN and became one of the symbols of the pro-European protests"

says Oleksandr Zaitsev, a historian from the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, in a DW article.

See a similar case: "Glory to Ukraine is a carbon copy of the Nazi greeting “Heil Hitler".


  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Moldova, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist


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