Friday, May 8, 2015, 14:33 ~ Ukrainska Pravda
President Poroshenko has suggested that World War II would not have happened had it not been for the conspiracy of the Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the USSR.
He stated this at a ceremonial meeting of the Verkhovna Rada dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazism in Europe and the Day of Memory for the victims of World War II.
‘In September 1939, together with the Poles, the Ukrainians… were the first to feel the effects of the collusion of two totalitarian regimes, Nazi and Communist,’ he said.
Therefore, according to Poroshenko, the Verkhovna Rada ‘absolutely justly’ and promptly passed a law that ‘legally equates the crimes of the Nazi and Communist misanthropic ideologies and murderous practices.’
‘And the fact is that for almost two years, from the autumn of 1939 to June 1941, Stalin’s Soviet Union was an ally of Nazi Germany,’ the President said.
‘A demonstrative symbol of this collaboration was a joint Soviet-Nazi parade in Brest on September 17th, 1939,’ he said.
‘But it did not save the Soviet Union from aggression, and the USSR – from having to pay with human lives for the friendship between Stalin and Hitler, these crazy maniacs who wanted to divide the world into two. As a result, almost every other person who died in World War II was a citizen of the USSR,’ said Poroshenko.
It is also believed that the Soviet Union would not have won the Second World War, if not for the Ukrainians.
‘They would not have won the war without Ukraine and Ukrainians! There isn’t even anything to argue about here!’ said Poroshenko.
‘But, by the way, it is debatable whether the war would have started if not for the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in the Kremlin. Because that was the pact that finally opened the floodgates that had held back the war,’ he said.
Poroshenko also pointed to the ‘fatal flaws’ of European leaders and the policy of appeasement of the aggressor as factors that contributed to World War Two.