MOSCOW, October 22 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine’s State Committee for television and radio broadcasting has asked the country’s media to refrain from using the term “liberation from Nazi invaders” when covering events set to be held in connection with the 70th anniversary of Ukraine’s liberation from Nazi forces.
The state committee refers to the term as a “Soviet myth”, according to a statement published on its website.
“The term “liberation” implies freedom … and Ukraine didn’t become free in 1944,” officials elaborate. “Ukraine received liberty and freedom only after August 24, 1991. Ukraine’s liberation took place only after the fall of the Soviet Union.”
Additionally, journalists are advised to mention the right-wing Ukrainian Insurgent Army, as well as the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists when covering the subject. The message the State Committee wishes to convey is that the “victory over Nazi invaders was a joint achievement of the anti-Hitler coalition and liberation movements.”