"That is a part of the tendency. There are permanent attempts to set us against each other. Culture is also used to achieve that. In order to force Russia out of Ukraine, it is necessary to close all Russian language centers, all centers of Rossotrudnichestvo, simply ban teaching the Russian history and everything linked to our country — to destroy the common cultural space. Is it a need of the Ukrainian people? Of course, no. That is a political environment, ideology of current Kiev authorities," Zakharova told reporters in New York.
On Wednesday, Konstantin Vorobiev, the director of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Kiev, said that radicals attacked him in the center of Kiev, when he wanted to lay down flowers to WWII memorial commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War.
While addressing the OSCE Permanent Council, the Russian envoy stressed that Ukraine is the only OSCE member state that has allowed incorporation of the Nazi groups, including the extremist Right Sector, outlawed in Russia, to the national law enforcement agencies.
Russia expects the @OSCE to react properly to the situation around the Russian cultural center in the Ukrainian capital #Kiev— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) 18 февраля 2018 г.
"The rapid growth of influence of modern supporters of Fascism causes serious concern … Swastika and other Nazi symbols as well as torchlight processions are gaining momentum, while the monuments for Soviet fighters are being vandalized. The fact that all this is becoming a casual manifestation in Ukraine is an outright mockery of historical memory of the Ukrainian people, who had suffered huge losses during the Great Patriotic War," Lukashevich said.
The envoy cited the work of such radical groups as the C14, Brotherhood and White Hammer as examples of the outbreak of neo-Fascism in Ukraine.
Ukrainian neo-Nazis continue to intimidate residents of Odessa: yesterday a group of radicals beat one of the victims on May 2, 2014 pic.twitter.com/qs7GlvzvfC— Peter John (@Petejohn77) 8 мая 2018 г.
In January, over 1,000 supporters of the Ukrainian Svoboda nationalist party took part in a traditional torchlight procession in Kiev's city center to commemorate the 109th anniversary of the birth of Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement. Bandera collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II and was responsible for numerous atrocities against civilians as a leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.