Ukraine's honoring of a World War II nationalist who was allied with Nazi Germany promotes distorted views, Russia's chief rabbi said today (January 26, 2010).
Rabbi Berl Lazar told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin a decision by outgoing Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to award the honorary title of national hero to World War II and anti-Soviet partisan Stepan Bandera promotes a "false and distorted" view of the activities of his Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, RIA Novosti website reports.
Russia views the group as terrorists who took up common cause with German Nazis in its quest to gain independence for Ukraine from the Soviet Union.
Lazar told Putin, "Unfortunately, what we see in Ukraine is terrifying. This is unacceptable for us. We Jews will never forget what the Red Army did for us in World War II."