Ukrainian President says USSR also started World War II

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After a visit to Auschwitz, the President of Ukraine designated the Soviet Union as responsible for the Second World War. He thus aligns himself with the Polish Prime Minister who, in December 2019, had put the USSR and Nazi Germany on an equal footing in the outbreak of this conflict.

President Volodymyr Zelensky was on an official visit to Poland on January 27 and 28. On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, he implied that the Soviet Union, without naming it, contributed to the outbreak of World War II in the same way as Nazi Germany.

“Poland and the Polish people were the first to experience the collusion of totalitarian regimes,” he said, referring to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed in 1939. “This led to the outbreak of the Second War. and enabled the Nazis to launch the deadly chain of the Holocaust, “he said.

According to him, Europe and the world in general “have no right to remain silent today, as was the case in 1939”. Zelensky therefore decided to adopt the Polish view that the USSR was as responsible as Nazi Germany for the outbreak of the Second World War.

Echoing Polish declarations

In a statement issued on December 29, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was not a “non-aggression pact”, but a real political and military alliance that divided Europe into two spheres of influence. He recalled that when the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, the USSR had attacked the east of the country.

The politician also accused Vladimir Putin of “deliberately lying” about this in an “attempt to rehabilitate Stalin for the purposes of today’s President.” He had finally assured that the Auschwitz camp could have been liberated six months earlier, suggesting that the Red Army had voluntarily delayed its offensive.

In the process, the Polish Parliament adopted a resolution in early January decreeing that the Soviet Union had started World War II in the same way as the Nazis. The president of the ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, demanded compensation from Russia for the damage suffered by the country during the war.

In response to these accusations, the Kremlin said it had documents attesting to the collusion between Poland and Nazi Germany. The spokesperson for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, replied that “it is precisely thanks to the USSR that Poland received after the Second World War the so-called reclaimed territories, which belonged before to Germany ”.



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