Rada committee supports the EU initiative to discuss Babyn Yar Memorial project, - Knyazhitsky
"The issue of Babyn Yar memorialization is particularly relevant and acute for Ukrainian society today. Any decisions on this issue can be made only after a thorough study of this issue, public discussion and prevention of any manipulation, inciting ethnic hatred and using this issue to discredit Ukraine in the international arena," Mykola Knyazhytsky notes.
it should be kept in mind that the dissident, member of the initiative group "First of December" Josef Zissels said that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to use the project of building the Memorial "Babyn Yar" to desecrate Ukraine and portray it as a Nazi and anti-Semitic state.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to use the Babyn Yar Memorial Project to desecrate Ukraine and portray it as a Nazis and anti-Semitic state. For me, the most important thing is that Putin's "WW2 victory fanaticism" policy and Putin's attempts to discredit Ukraine in the international environment pass through this project. They chose an almost win-win option. This is a certain special operation. This is a Trojan horse that Putin is pushing to Ukraine. This is a certain part of the information front of hybrid warfare. And the Russian authorities are very much relying on this. If Ukraine does not allow this project to be built, then they declare: you see, we said that Ukraine does not deserve to exist, that it is an anti-Semitic country, nationalist, Nazi, and so on," the dissident said.
Zissels also noted that Putin could not just allow to invest about 100 million in a project in the territory of the country with which he is at war.
Even earlier, Josef Zissels reiterated that the construction of a temporary memorial synagogue in the Babyn Yar on the site of the St. Cyril Orthodox cemetery is another attempt by Russia to provoke a conflict between the national minorities of Ukraine.
Read more about this in the article New Old Confrontation or two Projects above the Babyn Yar.