The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation condemned neo-fascism in Ukraine, which, according to the agency’s statement, published on the agency’s official Facebook page, "takes on ever more ugly forms."
An example was the torchlight procession in honor of the 111th anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera, which took place in Kiev on January 1 and "provoked the indignation of the ambassadors of Israel and Poland."
In a further explanation, the Foreign Ministry recalled that the activities of the OUN-UPA (banned in Russia) and other collaborators were clearly criminal in nature and their cooperation with punitive units of Nazi Germany was a well-known fact.
The message also quoted the statement of the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Yekaterina Zelenko, that "every nation and every state independently determines and honors its heroes."
From the material:
Supporting neo-Nazism at the state level in Ukraine is a serious threat to the entire world community. In this context, it is particularly worrying that the creeping heroization of this misanthropic ideology in Ukraine has been carried out over the past 20 years with the tacit connivance of the West. In the country, new monuments are being unveiled to collaborators of Hitler's punishers, streets are being renamed in their honor. One gets the feeling that the West wrote out some kind of indulgence to the Ukrainian authorities and prefers not to notice how Kiev rewrites history and ignores the decisions of the Nuremberg Tribunal. It is only encouraging that representatives of some Western states have finally begun to open their eyes to what is happening in Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Ministry once again calls on official Kiev to abandon the vicious practice of whitewashing Nazi minions and mocking history.