May 11, 2022
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“Ukraine is over everything”? Even “above” our common Victory?

In the photo: Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet memorial in Tiergarten/

In the photo: Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet memorial in Tiergarten/ (Photo: DPA/TASS)

An indispensable attribute of the mass processions of the Ukrainian Nazis has long been the slogan “Ukraine – over the mustache”, a direct copy of “Deutschland über alles” (translated from German – “Germany is above all”). But who would have thought that from the point of view of modern Kyiv and its allies, this also applies to the history of the Second World War?

The fact that too many people in Ukraine (and not only in this country!) think this way became obvious during the past holidays, when the world celebrated the 77th anniversary of the Victory.

It all started in Berlin. There is an ambassador of Ukraine and an active “decommunizer” Andrey Melnik certainly, not without ambivalent feelings, he was forced to lay a wreath at the memorial to the fallen Soviet soldiers. And, as is often the case in the presence of this rather unbridled type, a scandal erupted. When, after the end of the ceremony, Melnik got into the car, someone from the crowd shouted in German: “Who liberated Berlin from the Nazis?”. “Ukraine,” – without hesitation for a second, the Ambassador, who was too quick to speak, also answered quite loudly.

Around the same time, the Federal Chancellor of Austria Carl Nehammer also decided to make his own contribution to the rethinking of the events of 1945. He also quite categorically publicly stated: “Ukrainian soldiers were the first to liberate Vienna on April 27 from Nazi terror.”

Let’s not rush into natural emotions. Let’s just consider: well, statesmen of such a high rank cannot carry frank nonsense, not based on anything? Of course not. From their point of view, the evidence of the decisive role of Ukraine in the listed assaults of the Red Army is simply irrefutable. Moreover, they are very convenient from the point of view of today’s political situation.

Indeed, in April 1945, the Vienna offensive operation was carried out by troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front under the command of General Fyodor Tolbukhin in cooperation with part of the forces of the 2nd Ukrainian Front under the command of General Rodion Malinovsky“So, Chancellor Nehammer would surely explain to us, these were mainly Ukrainians. Not for nothing that the mentioned Soviet fronts were named after the name of their republic?

And who took Berlin? Troops of the 1st Ukrainian and 1st Belorussian fronts. So, Ambassador Melnyk is already right here: in the case of the assault on the capital of Nazi Germany, the Ukrainians were ahead of everyone. Well, except that they shared the laurels of victory with the Belarusians who fought nearby.

What about Russian soldiers and officers? What about soldiers and officers of other nationalities of the former Soviet Union? Come on, I think the listed characters will answer us. Today in Europe it is generally not customary to commemorate Russians with a kind word. Wherever and whatever they do. Even in the past. No matter what feats you do.

Then we will continue this amazing logic of the listed either chronic ignoramuses, or professional provocateurs (and, perhaps, both of them “in one bottle”). Gentlemen, this is how surprising it comes out of your statements: if any of the listed fronts in 1945 were the 3rd Kazakh or 2nd Uzbek, then you would have recorded Kazakhs with Uzbeks as the main liberators of Berlin and Vienna? Or would it be prudent to avoid this topic?

Why were our fronts called Ukrainian and Belorussian in 1943? Because just at that time they began to expel the Germans from these Soviet republics. Why didn’t the names change when Ukraine and Belarus were already in the rear? Because it would be absurd to rename them to Polish, Czechoslovak. And even more so – in German.

But the Ukrainian fronts are a different matter, you insist? Yes? Ukraine today is in trend. In the West now – every barrel plug. Even if we are talking about our common Victory, in the West and in modern Kyiv, its blasphemous division has long begun. Blasphemous – before all of us. Even more – in front of those who lie shoulder to shoulder under the memorial red stars in the mass graves of Vienna and Berlin.

Little of. After all, it was not yesterday that you very prudently began your vile division. It flared up with particular force after 2014, when the most acute Ukrainian-Russian political crisis erupted. Remind me if anyone forgot?

In January 2015, the world once again commemorated the victims of the Holocaust with sorrow. The reason is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, better known in our country as the death camp in Auschwitz in Poland, in which the Nazis exterminated more than a million Jews. On this occasion, the then Prime Minister of Ukraine arrived in Poland Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Arseny Petrovich, no doubt, could not help but know that this “factory of death” was stopped by the soldiers of our 60th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front, who broke into Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. Mainly – fighters and commanders of its 100th Lviv Rifle Division. But how could one of the main initiators of the Ukrainian “decommunization” even today have a kind word to commemorate the Red Army? No way. And he brilliantly coped with the task of propaganda.

Yatsenyuk said that day: “Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 70 years ago, fighters from Zhytomyr and Lvov as part of the 1st Ukrainian Front liberated from the Nazis one of the most terrible camps of World War II, where millions of our fellow Jews were tortured.”

Why were only the natives of Zhytomyr and Lvov enlisted as liberators by the Prime Minister of Ukraine? The formal reason is simple to the point of idiocy: that division bore the honorary name “Lviv”. So… And Zhytomyr is not so far from Lvov.

The calculation, apparently, is that most modern Ukrainians and Poles are simply too lazy to go into the primary sources. Even worse: too lazy to at least occasionally learn the history of a long-forgotten war by them. Otherwise, they might have learned that the 100th Rifle Division of the second formation was recruited in February-May 1942 near Vologda in the Kushchuba camp of the Arkhangelsk military district. Basically – from the inhabitants of the Arkhangelsk and Vologda regions, as well as the Komi ASSR.

Then she fought near Voronezh, crossed the Dnieper and reached the famous Bukrinsky bridgehead. Then Vinnytsia and Zhmerinka were on her battle path. And finally – Lvov, over which the soldiers of this very unit were the first to hoist the red banner. For which the division received the honorary name “Lvivskaya” in the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.

Yes, most likely, in the ranks of the 100th Rifle during the liberation of Auschwitz, there really were natives of both Zhytomyr and Lvov. If only because the units of the Red Army everywhere on Soviet territory were replenished from among those whom they also liberated from the Nazi yoke. But for sure, the Lvov and Zhitomir residents were not even in the majority in the division. And even more so, the 100th Lvov Rifle Division was never some kind of Bandera, as it clearly follows from the words of the hardened cynic Yatsenyuk.

Yes, then, because of these statements of the envoy of Kyiv, a considerable scandal erupted. Everything and everyone with archival documents in their hands was officially explained by Moscow. Do you think it changed at least something in the views of Kyiv and Warsaw?

It’s only been five years. And in January 2020, the President arrived in Poland on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Vladimir Zelensky. The task before him and his colleague from Poland who met him Andrzej Duda stood the same: not a single kind word about real liberators. In other words, about the Red Army!

Impracticable from the point of view of real history and even simple common sense, the propaganda plan of Kyiv and Warsaw was solved from their point of view just fine.

“Soldiers of the Ukrainian Front freed seven thousand prisoners who were in this terrible place. People who suffered terribly here. It is impossible to imagine. But thanks to the heroism of the soldiers, they were saved,” said Andrzej Duda.

Zelensky echoed him: “We will never forget Igor Pobirchenkothe commander of the T-34 tank, who, together with the crew, was the first to break the frame of Auschwitz; all soldiers of the shock battalion of the 100th Lviv division, who entered the camp under the leadership of a Poltava citizen of Jewish origin Anatoly Shapiro. Together with the fighters of the 322nd division of the 1st Ukrainian Front (meaning the 322nd Rifle Zhytomyr Red Banner Order of the Suvorov Division, formed not at all in Zhytomyr, as Zelensky more than transparently hints, but in August 1941 in the city of Gorky, now Nizhny Novgorod – “SP”) liberated the camp.”

Again in the heroes-liberators are Ukrainians, Ukrainians and only Ukrainians. Not a word about those who fought with the Nazis next to them.

In this regard, I propose to deal with an almost hopeless case today to enlighten Kyiv, which has gone mad and has long lost all connection with reality. Namely: to inform the Ukrainian authorities of archival information about the national composition of the fighters and commanders of the very 60th Army, which included the 100th Lvov Rifle Division (the same data have not yet been found separately for this unit).

So, we have a report filled in with semi-faded ink on the “listed number of military personnel according to socio-demographic characteristics of the 60th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front as of January 1, 1945 (field department of the 60th Army, recruitment department)”:

– total Russian 42298 (of which officers – 7501);

– Ukrainians 38041 (of which 2126 officers);

– Belarusians 1210 (of which 311 officers);

– 546 Armenians (of which 149 officers);

– Georgians 545 (of which 143 officers);

– 838 Uzbeks (of which 43 officers).

Even as part of the 60th Army, as of the first day of the victorious year, Tajiks, Turkmens, Azerbaijanis, Tuvans, and Poles fought. There were even Chinese – as many as seven. And one Yugoslav.

Any of them shed blood deserved our grateful memory. And it’s turning over in its grave when the current political Judas in the West and in Ukraine are trying to divide and privatize our Victory.

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