Russian authorities, speaking of “denazification”, are distorting the truth about the Holocaust and distorting history, the US State Department said on Monday. The ministry reminds that over 140 historians have condemned “Russia’s comparison of the Ukrainian state to the Nazi regime in order to justify unprovoked aggression”, and called Moscow’s propaganda “factually incorrect, morally repugnant and deeply offensive” to “the victims of Nazism and those who bravely fought against it” .
“One of the most frequently repeated lies that the Kremlin uses to justify a war against the Ukrainian people is that Russia strives for ‘denazification’ Ukraine“The US Department of State wrote on its website on Monday.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin described the democratically elected government of Ukraine as “a gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis,” and the Russian state media and propagandists repeatedly echoed him, the statement recalled.
The Kremlin hopes to “delegitimize and demonize Ukraine”
The State Department noted that “by evoking Nazism and the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, the Kremlin hopes to delegitimize and demonize Ukraine in the eyes of Russian and world public opinion.” “He tries to manipulate it by creating false analogies between Moscow’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine and the struggle of the Soviet Union against the Nazi Germany“- underlined.
The ministry recalled that over 140 historians condemned “Russia’s comparison of the Ukrainian state to the Nazi regime in order to justify unprovoked aggression,” and called Moscow’s propaganda “factually incorrect, morally repugnant and deeply offensive” to “the victims of Nazism and those who bravely fought against it. “.
The Yad Vashem Institute and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have also condemned “utterly erroneous comparisons of Russia with Nazi ideology and actions” and false claims that “a democratic Ukraine must be ‘denazified’.”
State Department on Russian anti-Ukrainian propaganda
“Kremlin propagandists have found it difficult to develop such a narrative outside of Russia,” says the State Department. As he writes, they are resorting to increasingly absurd – and often contradictory – justifications.
“When the argument was raised that the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky he is a Jew and his ancestors were killed by the Nazis, the Kremlin began to disseminate information trying to undermine his Jewishness “- it was recalled.
“Putin and his propaganda apparatus use the suffering and sacrifice of all WWII survivors and Holocaust survivors to pursue their goals. The Kremlin is diverting attention from efforts to combat anti-Semitism and instead propagates one of the most insidious forms of anti-Semitism – the distortion of right about the Holocaust. In the face of growing anti-Semitism in the world, everyone must pay attention to this particularly harmful type of Russian disinformation, “the State Department website reads.
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