"All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany," he told German-state broadcaster ARD. "We need to avoid [a repeat of] it."
"Nobody has the right to rewrite the results of the Second World War," he also added. "Russia's President Putin is trying to do exactly this."
Naturally, some are claiming that Yatsenyuk made a slip of the tongue. This is hogwash. The only thing that dropped was his mask. I’ve heard similar remarks before and the location was Western Ukraine, where the PM is from. Yatsenyuk hails from Chernivsti, widely regarded as the region’s second cultural capital, after Lvov, which is viewed by many as the nationalist stronghold.
Something interesting used to happen each May 9 in Ukraine (the anniversary of the German surrender in 1945). Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and all the other major cities, bar one, honored the defeat of the Nazis. Many in Lvov have never looked too happy with the day. In fact, in 2011, local ‘patriots’ went a step further by attacking a small gathering of veterans who were commemorating the occasion.
The reason for this feeling is simple. West Ukrainians believe that they lost the war. Their side was defeated. Put simply, Yatsenyuk is merely a product of his environment. However, this time he expressed publicly a view that was probably previously restricted to private discourse. It's possible that he felt a German audience might have been sympathetic to his position. If so, that was a huge misread of the German people.
...in West Ukraine, their chief Hitler acolyte Stepan Bandera is accorded ‘hero’ status. Indeed, there’s a gigantic statue of him in front of the main railway station in Lvov.
What makes this even stranger and which wasn't mentioned in the article is that Yatsenyuk is Jewish.
What is he doing rubbing elbows with Nazis and other fascists in Ukraine? Well, not all Jews are anti-Nazi or anti-fascist. In fact, the Likud is pretty fascistic toward the Palestinians, though those Zionists in Israel wouldn't laud Stepan Bandera (would they?).
Of course, we don't want to leave this topic without saying that the Stalinist USSR-occupation of Eastern Europe was horrendously bad, not that US imperialism is wonderful. Actually, it can be quite a chore sorting out the lesser of evils.
Who's worse, the Nazis, the Bolsheviks, or the Zionists/Neocons? Yikes!