Disinfo: Ukrainian authorities betrayed the memory of WWII veterans


Refusing to officially celebrate Victory Day, Kyiv authorities accept the historical lies and betray the memory of their ancestors.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the Second World War.

Ukraine did not abandon the memory of their ancestors in the Second World War. The following is stated in the law of Ukraine "On Perpetuation of the Victory over Nazism in World War II of 1939-1945". According to the law, each year on May 9, Ukraine celebrates "The Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II (Victory Day)" as a national holiday. The law was adopted in order to pay tribute to the memory of all the victims of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and the reverent attitude of care for war veterans, participants of the Ukrainian liberation movement and victims of Nazism.

At the end of February 2020, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko said that Ukraine, "like all the European continent, 75 years later, [is] ready to understand why this tragedy happened and ready to forgive each other. It should be a celebration of the fact that the continent has been in relative peace for the last 75 years, apart from our 6 years of war".


  • Reported in: Issue187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: USSR, Historical revisionism, WWII


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Ukraine is Russophobic and refused to celebrate Victory Day

Ukraine continues the policy of Nazism and Russophobic hysteria, refusing to celebrate Victory Day on May 9. In Ukraine, they betrayed their own ancestors and sided with the Nazis.


This is the Kremlin’s systematic disinformation campaign that Ukraine is a Nazi state. Negative articles in Russian media are caused by Ukraine’s refusal to take part in the celebrations of the "75th Anniversary of the Great Victory" in Moscow. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko emphasised that Ukraine intends to grieve on this day instead of celebrating. “Our position now remains the way it is: no, we are not going to celebrate May 9. We, like the entire European continent, are ready to understand why this tragedy happened 75 years later and are ready to forgive each other,” Prystaiko said. Since 2015, in the framework of the law on decommunisation, on May 9, Ukraine began to celebrate "Victory Day over Nazism in World War II of 1939-1945." The holiday replaced the "Victory Day" over fascism in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945". The relevant law No. 2539 “On the Perpetuation of the Victory over Nazism in World War II of 1939 - 1945” was adopted on April 9, 2015, by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The law defines the sacred duty of the state and citizens of Ukraine to respect the memory of the victory over Nazism in WWII: war veterans, members of the Ukrainian liberation movement and the victims of Nazism. At the same time, while respecting the memory of those who fell during WWII, the use of Soviet symbols was cancelled. Instead, now the official symbol of the celebration of the Day of Victory over Nazism in WWII is the red poppy flower - the generally accepted symbol in the world for the celebration of memorable days of WWII. Also, together with the EU countries, on May 8, Ukraine annually celebrates Remembrance and Reconciliation Day. The holiday is celebrated on the day of the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945.

Turkey and Estonia refuse Sputnik’s reporting

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In Estonia, the bank accounts of the employees of Sputnik were frozen, while those who continued working with the agency from home received legal threats from the police. Sputnik Estonia journalists reported that they had previously received letters from the Estonian police and border guards that included direct threats to open lawsuits against them if they do not cut all work relations with the Russian news agency.


As part of a narrative to emphasize an alleged Anti-Russian movement, different incidents have been falsely linked to each other.

Turkish police detained 4 journalists of Russia’s Sputnik Turkiye news agency including editor-in-chief. According to the state-run news agency Anadolu, the journalists were “briefly detained” for investigation in line with Turkish Penal Code for "insulting the Turkish nation, Turkish republic and state institutions", and "disturbing the unity of the state and the solidarity of the country”, over a report on a disputed referendum that gave the southern province of Hatay to Turkey in 1939.

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