WARSAW, January 27. /TASS/. Russia considers the remembrance of World War II and its victims the paramount factor in rejecting the very idea of war and will never allow the denigration or defamation of the memory of its descendants and ancestors who defeated Nazism, Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergei Andreyev said Wednesday, speaking at a ceremony dedicated to the 76th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
"This victory cost our country a huge price - 26.5 million Soviet citizens lost their lives, two-thirds of them being civilians, victims of bombing, occupation, camps, blockades, and famine and disease. To remember these victims is our duty, to be proud of the Victory is our indisputable right. And we will never accept any insults aimed at the memory of our ancestors who crushed Nazism. Let no one have any illusions in this regard," the Russian envoy emphasized.
Andreyev called for preserving the memory "in all its entirety, without any exemptions or omissions, to protect it from distortion favoring some political climate, to protect the good name of living and fallen heroes, civilians who fell victims to the Nazis and their collaborators, so that future generations will always remember the horror of the Holocaust and the death camps, so that humanity will never again allow such madness."
"We appreciate the contribution of our allies to the Victory, but, three-fourths of it was achieved by the Soviet Union, and the main forces of Hitler’s Germany were crushed on the Soviet-German front, where two armies of the Polish Armed Forces fought side by side with the Red Army: Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Tatars, Jews, Armenians, Kazakhs, Georgians, Uzbeks, Azeris, Moldavians, and dozens of other nationalities," he stressed.