Ukraine's president said speaking at the ceremony commemorating the deceased on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Second World War, Censor.NET reports citing the president's press office.
He cited data that was promulgated by a special commission under the Russian president headed by former veteran, academician and member of the Politburo Alexander Yakovlev. "Nearly a million Soviet soldiers were shot by their own people. More precisely - 954 thousand. And mostly it goes about innocent people," the head of state said.
"No, this president, who yesterday de-facto started his fifth presidential term, didn’t establish it. This commission was working in the 90s, when Russia was still interested in its genuine, not propaganda history. When else was it allowed there to look for complicated answers to complicated questions?" Poroshenko said and urged to think "how differently we see and celebrate the same date".
"Stalin won this war for them. For us, people won this war. For them, as all post-war decades have proved, the victory over Hitler was needed to conquer other countries. And the "liberators" either forgot to leave the liberated territories, or from time to time rushed there on the tanks, as in Hungary in 1956, as in Czechoslovakia in 1968. And we needed only our own freedom, our own independence, which we eventually got 46 years after the victory," he said. The president added that "they celebrate in a militaristic passion, having bristled up against the whole world, and we, together with the whole Europe, commemorate the deceased".
"We say: "Never again". They say: "We can repeat". And this is not an empty rhetoric, but a real saber rattling, including the intimidation of western countries by a nuclear strike," the president noted.
He highlighted the fact that "Russia considers even the "Immortal Regiment" as a genuine unit of the modern armed forces of Russia."
"Its mission is to participate in a hybrid war, which Moscow conducts in a variety of ways, and not only against Ukraine, but also against the European Union, the United States and other countries. Actually, against the whole world," he added.
The president stresses that he understands the feelings of Ukrainians who want to honor the memory of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers who gained the victory in the Second World War.
"But I must once again warn fellow Ukrainians, those who have not fully understood all the nuances of Moscow’s sly policy. The part that still believes Russian propaganda and its camp followers from the fifth column of various political forces within the country, the parliament and beyond. They do not think about you and your pride, your deep and grateful son's love for your heroic ancestors, but about their geopolitical imperial aggressive goals. It must be admitted that the Kremlin psychologists are able to play with the natural emotions of people. I beg you, be careful. And please do not let yourself be used.
"We, Ukrainians, quietly, peacefully and Christianly remember our ancestors, participants, veterans of the war," Poroshenko stressed.
At the end of the speech, the president announced the symbolic "First Minute of Peace". After that, a memorial fire was lit.
The head of state also spoke with the participants of the memorial event.