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West attempts to diminish Russia’s role in WWII - DM

Published time: May 28, 2014 14:42
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (RIA Novosti / Artem Zhitenev)

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (RIA Novosti / Artem Zhitenev)

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has blamed Western nations of attempting to play down the Soviet input in the victory over Nazism, and emphasized the importance of maintaining the legacy of military victories.

Today, when the West is trying to diminish the heroism demonstrated by the Soviet people in times of the Great Patriotic War, we must be especially careful with our history in order to keep the priceless experience of our fathers and forefathers, and pass it to the younger generation,” Shoigu said at the opening of a conference on military history in Sevastopol, Crimea.

The Great Patriotic War is the name given in Russia to the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany in 1941-45.

The conference opened by Shoigu was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Crimea from Nazi forces. The minister said that the operation was a brilliant victory – while the Wehrmacht took 250 days to capture Sevastopol the Soviet Army liberated the whole peninsula in just 35 days.

Shoigu stated that this operation demonstrated the superiority of the Soviet military, the organizational skills of the officer corps and the mass heroism of the Soviet warriors.

Later on Wednesday the Defense Minister visited several historical sites in Sevastopol and said that the restoration of various monuments must begin as soon as possible.

I have a mixed attitude to the problem. On the one hand I feel anxious to respect those who protected and built these sites, but on the other hand I am impatient to start the restoration. The places must not remain in the state they are now, even more so if we remember that Crimea has become Russian territory again” Sergey Shoigu said. “Earlier, we had no opportunity to take care of the monuments, now we must do everything possible to preserve them,” he added.

Comments (398)


Elixir of Life 05.06.2014 08:27

The many anniversaries that follow from 2014-45 like June 10th etc. etc. must be used to reveal the truth about the past as they remind us of a once independent, now occupied Germany.
Russia was occupied and is at last heading towards the independence of a multi-polar cooperative world of free people. Russia, we are with you on this but it requires honesty about the past.


Elixir of Life 05.06.2014 08:10

Gorf 31.05.2014 22:57

Sta lin and Hitler signed the pact in August 1939 and then both attacked Poland. Stalin waited 17 days to attack Poland, so that England and France would declare war on Hitler, and leave Stalin blameless.
Stali n ended up with all of Poland in the end.

Looks like WWII was started and ended by Stalin.

I'd invite all the Communists here to make their ad-hominem attacks on Surarov's Icebreaker, and then ask the West how they can possibly celebrate Stalins victory in WWII.


The circle of culprits spans far wider than Stalin:


James Cameron 03.06.2014 23:28

Sad to see supposed point scoring among Allies.

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