Ukraine's Foreign Ministry states that it is against glorification of Nazism but has a more balanced approach to dealing with such sensitive issues in the United Nations, reports Interfax-Ukraine.
Commenting on the UN resolution, the Foreign Ministry urged not to be equate those who fought for freedom and independence of Ukraine with the Nazi collaborators. "Some foreign politicians would like to equate those who fought for freedom and independence of Ukraine in very difficult historical conditions to Nazi collaborators. Ukrainian society rejects such simplistic approach," said Head of Information Policy of the Ministry Oleh Voloshyn.
He noted that Ukraine, like most other countries of the anti-Hitler coalition who did not support the document, asks for a more considered approach to such delicate matters of history. "The Ukrainian state unequivocally opposes attempts of glorification of Nazism and Stalinism as well", said Voloshyn. According to him, this draft resolution has for a long time been a point of controversy in the United Nations, and Ukrainian diplomats consistently worked on developing such a text document that would satisfy all participants of the anti-Hitler coalition.
On November 26 in New York at a meeting of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly upon the initiative of Russia resolution on "Glorification of Nazism: the inadmissibility of certain practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance" was adopted.
120 countries voted for the resolution, 3 - against (U.S., Canada, and the Marshall Islands), 57 countries (including Ukraine) abstained. Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement in which it noted that "the position of Ukraine is regretful. It has once again opted to refrain from condemning the glorification of Nazism and from honoring the memory of those killed in the fight against this evil."