The Nazi pursued the policy of genocide against the people living in the USSR during the Great Patriotic War, and these crimes of Nazis and their accomplices have no period of limitation, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said on July 2 at a meeting of the Pobeda (Victory – translator’s note) Organizing Committee, the president’s official website reports.
According to Vladimir Putin, on June 30 he participated in an opening ceremony of a memorial to Soviet soldiers who died during the Rzhev battles in 1941-1943.
“Before the war, over 56 thousand people lived in Rzhev, but after the city was liberated it had only 300 residents. When the Nazis were leaving, they simply eliminated the people, the civilians,” Putin said.
The Russian president stressed that the Nazis were planning to colonize the lands of the USSR and to either eliminate all its population, both slaves and other ethnicities, or enslave them by denying them their language and culture.
“These crimes of Nazis and their accomplices, the genocide against the people of the Soviet Union, have no period of limitation,” Putin said.
The main accomplice of the Nazis in terms of the elimination of the people of the Soviet Union of various ethnicities was the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, OUN (b) (organisation banned in Russia), led by Stepan Bandera.
Approximately half of the OUN (b) (organisation banned in Russia) leaders and its military wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) (organisation banned in Russia), served in the Galizien SS division and the Nachtigall and Roland punitive battalions notorious for their violent punitive actions against civilians.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency