Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky thanked the Ukrainian government for “efforts in the war against anti-Semitism.” However, the attitude of Kiev to Nazi crimes is ambiguous, writes The Times of Israel.
The authors of the article said, in recent years, Ukraine had indeed taken measures to preserve the memory of the victims of the Holocaust — in particular, the government has planned the construction of a memorial at Babi Yar, where during the Second world war were executed tens of thousands of Jews.
At the same time the country’s leadership was marked by a number of controversial decisions. So, after mass protests in Central Kiev in 2015 was adopted package of laws on de-communization, which was aimed at the elimination of the ideological heritage of the Soviet period and, in particular, provides criminal penalties for persons who openly Express Communist views and denying “crimes of the Communist totalitarian regime”.
After almost a year, during events to mark the 75th anniversary of the events at Babi Yar, the complex was opened the monument to Ukrainian journalists, who, according to authorities, was murdered there. The Times of Israel emphasize that many of them worked in the newspaper associated with the OUN-UPA actively urged Ukrainians to hand over Jews to the Nazis.
Thus Netanyahu rejects opposition to revisionism of some allies in Central and Eastern Europe, which he considers “a counterweight” to the most critical members of the European Union, concluded the authors of the material.
Babi Yar is known as a place of mass executions of civilians, mainly Jews, Gypsies, Karaites of Kiev, and Soviet prisoners of war by the German occupying forces and Ukrainian collaborators in 1941. There were executed more than 100 thousand people..
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