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    In an op-ed for Czech Free Press, journalist Jiri Bata says that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's "crazy, science fiction" comments about the Soviet Union invading Germany are part and parcel to a series of lies aimed at justifying disastrous government policy which has left Ukraine 'in ruins'.

    MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) — A journalist for the independent Czech news and opinion site Czech Free Press says that Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's recent "crazy, science fiction" claim that the USSR invaded Germany is part of a series of lies aimed at justifying his government's disastrous policy.

    In an opinion piece written earlier this week, Jiri Bata says that Yatsenyuk, his government having "surrendered" Ukraine to the interests of Western politicians, makes outrageous commentary like that about the Soviets invading Germany in the Second World War in order "to justify all the negative and tragic 'achievements' of the Ukrainian government and the president."

    Bata notes that today's Ukraine is, without any exaggeration, "in ruins, totally helpless, dependent on foreign subsidies and aid." For the present Ukrainian government, he says, "it is far easier to invent nonsense, falsehoods, lies and slander than to stick to argumentation, to facts and reality."

    The journalist argues that Ukrainian authorities will continue to "do anything that might convince West-oriented citizens of Russia's hostile intentions and therefore to maintain their pro-Western policies."

    Bata notes that Ukrainian authorities, under US pressure, have no interest in ending the war in the east, or in the normalization of relations with Russia, all the while continuing to search for reasons to blame Russia and Putin for the present crisis and claiming that Russia wants to conquer Ukraine. Bata says that Ukrainian authorities continue to make the accusations even though they "have not had, do not have, and will not have any proof that Russia intends to conquer Ukraine."

    Bata says that ultimately, in the case of the Ukrainian prime minister, it's worth taking into consideration "the opinion of President Zeman that Yatsenyuk is a person whose aim is war. Few can understand however what Ukraine would [stand to] receive out of this war."

    Last week, Yatsenyuk gave an interview for the German television channel ARD, where he appeared to claim that the USSR had launched the Second World War by invading Germany. "All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany," he noted. Even more absurdly, the prime minister added that "nobody has the right to rewrite the results of the Second World War," and that "Russia's President Putin is trying to do exactly this."

    Russia's Foreign Ministry has since asked Germany to clarify its official position on the Ukrainian prime minister's remarks, to which Berlin replied that the Russian ministry should address its questions to Yatsenyuk himself. Stating that "Nazi Germany during World War II led a terrible war of aggression against the Soviet Union," the German Foreign Ministry noted that Yatsenyuk nevertheless had a right to his opinion as an expression of free speech.

    Yatsenyuk's remarks have since been criticized by Russian and Ukrainian officials alike. Russian parliamentarian Alexei Pushkov said that Yatsenyuk's remarks were a sign that the prime minister, "has finally gone off his rocker," and that one can no longer "take him seriously." Meanwhile an adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense noted that the PM's "top grade" remarks made him "happy that foreign policy is not within the competence of the Prime Minister according to the constitution."

    A spokesperson for Yatsenyuk has since said that Yatsenyuk was supposedly referring to the Soviet Union's occupation of and alleged responsibility for the division of Germany following the Second World War.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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