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#Official Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on harassment of Great Patriotic War’s veterans in Ukraine

The post-maidan Kiev authorities indicated their attitude to the veterans of the Great Patriotic War as to people of the second grade. All the symbols of the Soviet era, which were dear for those people, are desecrated; the Ukrainian radicals are given carte blanche to violence against the front-line soldiers. But this wasn’t enough for the Kiev government.

Decommunizers found that the organizations of veterans of the Great Patriotic War still somehow have been operating and receiving funding in Ukraine. The new ‘veterans of the ATO’ were immensely indignant at this situation and demonstrated how bravely they are able to fight defenseless elderly people. The press got scandalous video footage, in which the ‘ATO’ participant Dmitry Riznichenko, who lost his human face, is beating an elderly man, one of the members of veteran organizations. There were no measures taken in connection with this outrageous fact about Riznichenko, and a little later the same neo-Nazi, as if nothing had happened, calls to deal with the veterans at the meeting of the subcommittee on interaction with civil society of the Ukrainian parliament committee on prevention and combating corruption. The Ukrainian radical called the veterans of the Great Patriotic War separatists, Putin’s agents and called for harsh measures against them.

But that’s not all. Now in Ukraine they initiate a criminal case against 93-year-old KGB colonel Boris Steklyar, who in 1952 liquidated the Ukrainian nationalist Neil Khasevich and his accomplices. The Kiev regime, which has lost the remnants of humanity, demonstrates unprecedented cruelty and cynicism towards the participants of the Great Patriotic War. Not disdaining anything, the new government brazenly declares that the abolition of the accomplices of Hitler’s fascism is a crime in Ukraine.

Our veterans, who happened to be on the other side of the front line, are now outlawed. They are deprived of any opportunity to restore their health, pay for housing and at the same time eat normally. And now they can still be charged that they fought against accomplices of fascism. In this situation, the Humanitarian programme for the reunification of the Donbass people becomes especially relevant. The leadership of the Republic has taken the right decision from the moral point of view – to provide our fellow countrymen-veterans on the other side of the front line with the material assistance and free treatment. This is the minimum that we can do for the participants of the Great Patriotic War in gratitude for their immortal feat.

Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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