Video: History lesson? Poroshenko says ‘Hitler & Stalin started WWII, wanted to divide Europe’
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were equally blamed for setting off World War II by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday. Both the Nazi and Soviet leaders were behind the “massacre,” aiming at “splitting Europe,” Poroshenko lectured.
“Hitler together with Stalin initiated the bloody fighting of World War II, and then tried to divide and split Europe,” Poroshenko said during a ceremony at a Bykivnia Graves memorial near Kiev.
The ceremony at the historic memorial was attended by the president with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski, with the two leaders honoring the victims of totalitarianism at the mass grave site.
Poroshenko’s speech was delivered on the same day as Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada,passed a bill that equates communism to Nazism by banning both regimes and all their attributes in Ukraine.
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