The Polish FM’s statement that the Ukrainians liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp puzzled Moscow. V I Churkin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, remarked that the Red Army, which liberated the camp, was multinational. However, on Wednesday, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Grzegorz Juliusz Schetyna, speaking on Polish radio, said, “The 1st Ukrainian front and Ukrainians liberated [the concentration camp], as on that January day there were Ukrainian soldiers, so they opened the gates of the camp”. That was in answer to a question related to invitations to join the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army on 27 January 1945.
Following the comment, Ambassador Churkin pointed up to Schetyna that Red Army liberated the concentration camp, adding that the front had the title “First Ukrainian” “because it liberated the Ukraine from the Nazis before reaching Poland through battles”. on…
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