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Moscow calls to stop mocking those who liberated Auschwitz

It is important to respect the memory of all those who liberated Europe and to stop mocking history, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a comment in connection with allegations by the Polish Foreign Minister, Grzegorz Schetyna, that Auschwitz was liberated by Ukrainians who fought in the units of the First Ukrainian Front.

"It is really difficult to imagine that a government official of the level as high as Schetyna's could be so ignorant," the comment said.

"It's common knowledge that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Red Army, the soldiers of which represented all the nationalities and fought with equal heroism," it said.

"Incidentally, the First Ukrainian Front had the official name of the Voronezh Front prior to November 1943 and before that it was the Bryansk Front," the comment said.

"Most obviously, the reasons for this are different," the ministry said. "We believe some individuals should stop deriding history and let their anti-Russian hysteria push them to the brink of disrespect for those who didn't spare their lives to liberate Europe."

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 21Jan15]

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