Disinfo: Ukraine “does not observe” the day of the country’s liberation from the Nazis


The liberation of Ukraine from the fascist invaders is celebrated annually on 28 October, the day of the final expulsion of the troops of Nazi Germany and its allies from the modern territory of Ukraine. But if last year the anniversary date was formally observed in the country, then in 2020 there will be silence. Neither President Zelenskyy nor other officials have not yet congratulated veterans and residents of Ukraine. There are no messages or congratulations on the President’s website on this important day.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine.

On the 76th anniversary of the expulsion of Nazi invaders from Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy honoured the memory of those killed in World War II. This was published on the official website of the President's Office:

"Ukraine will always remember those who sacrificed their lives liberating our land from invaders. Ukrainians have paid an extremely high price for peace, and the highest respect for the good memory of the fallen is our commitment to peacekeeping,”

On behalf of the President of Ukraine, a wreath was laid at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in the Park of Eternal Glory in the capital.

Read a similar case: Ukraine does not want to celebrate Victory Day.


  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: WWII


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