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MOSCOW, April 9 /TASS/. The Kiev government’s attitude to the memory of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) is regretful and insulting to the war veterans, Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
Earlier on Thursday, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) passed a bill that suggests replacing the term "Great Patriotic War" with the term "Second World War". The draft law also forbids using Soviet symbols during commemorative events in memory of the war victims. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has recently said that Hitler and Stalin unleashed the bloodbath of WWII and tried to split and divide Europe.
"The only thing that can be regretted is that such decisions and statements made in the weeks preceding the Victory Day anniversary will make many veterans meet the holiday with tears in their eyes. I mean the veterans of the Great Patriotic War," Peskov stressed.
He recalled what President Putin said during his visit to Staraya Rusa, the Novgorod region, earlier this week. The president warned that attempts to distort our past would be pernicious for the future. "His words are the best answer to Verkhovna Rada’s decision," Putin's spokesperson said.
"Russia will always keep the memory of that war, and more importantly it’s going to remember the lessons it taught humanity," the presidential press secretary said.