Photo: Vladimir Zelensky page in Facebook
The President-elect of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky published in his Facebook photo, where he was pictured with two participants of the Second world war, shake hands.
The left of politics is an elderly woman in a scarf and multi-colored knitted vest. “Praskovya Vasilyevna Zelenchuk-Potak.
In 13 years became a messenger in the UPA. Passed information, food, knitting sweaters,” says Zelensky about it.
To his right stands an elderly man. According to the new head of state, is the captain of the first rank of naval infantry of the Soviet Navy Ivan zaluzhnyy Anikeevich, may 10, he will be 101 years old. “He was awarded numerous orders and medals (pictured Zaluzhny wearing a jacket with awards — approx. “Of the tape.ru”). Lost his only grandson — Ivan Gutnik-Zelenogo during the war in the Donbass”, — said the politician.
“Today, in Day of memory and reconciliation, we honour and worship to all who fought against Nazism and died for Ukraine during the Second world war. For every one who gave his life for peace. A world that today so desperately needs Ukraine. The world, the key to which will be the unity of all Ukrainians. To ensure that in the future we were United’s only victory,” — said Zelensky.
On March 26, Ukraine entered into force the law, to equate the rights of veterans of the great Patriotic war, who fought on the side of the red Army, and nationalists from the organization of Ukrainian nationalists — Ukrainian insurgent army (OUN-UPA, the movement is banned in Russia). Now both veterans have the status of a fighter for independence and equal benefits.
The UPA — armed formation of the OUN under the command of Stepan Bandera. In 1943, the militants organized the so-called Volyn massacre, the victims of which could be up to 100 thousand ethnic poles, including women and children. After the war, the UPA launched an armed resistance to the Soviet regime.
Video, photo All from Russia.