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 Russia would not have won WW2 without Ukraine - Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko said in his speech at the solemn session of Verkhovna Rada dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory over Nazism in Europe.

Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainska Pravda

According to Petro Poroshenko, infamous statement that Russia would have won the war without Ukraine became a shock to most of Ukrainians.

"These words desecrate the memory of fallen soldiers and the feelings of living veterans.
Nobody has the right to monopolize the victory over Nazism and use it as an apology for its imperial policy! This victory is a common achievement of all progressive humanity, Anti-Hitler coalition and peoples of the former Soviet Union," the president said.

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The Head of State has once again highlighted the losses of Ukraine and significant contribution of our country to the Victory over Nazism. Ukraine lost from 8 to 10 million people in that war. Over 2 million Ukrainian boys and girls were taken by force to work in the Third Reich. More than half of all Nazi divisions fought in the Eastern Front and they were destroyed here as well. Almost half of all strategic operations of German-Soviet war were held in the territory of Ukraine. 2072 Ukrainians deserved the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. Legendary pilot Ivan Kozhedub, who shot down 64 Nazi aircrafts, became a hero thrice. Four operational and strategic associations of the Red Army created in 1943 were called "Ukrainian Fronts". Ukrainian Oleksiy Berest raised the flag of victory over the Reichstag.

The attendees of the session paid tribute to the victims of the World War II and our Patriotic War for independence of 2014-2015 with a moment of silence.

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