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Did Zelensky snub Holocaust memorial to avoid upsetting Ukrainian nationalists?

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24.01.2020

As world leaders gathered in the Israeli city for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum something bizarre happened. At the last minute, Volodymyr Zelensky changed his mind about attending, much to the chagrin of the event’s organizers.

Making it even more strange, Zelensky’s move meant a brief planned meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, didn’t happen. Which was especially peculiar given Kiev had apparently sought the engagement, according to Russian Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.

Now, people are asking why the Ukrainian President changed his plans, so quickly, And some suspect it’s because he feared the wrath of “patriots” back home.

Zelensky’s problem is that it's now a taboo to criticize Second World War-era Ukrainian nationalist leaders, who were installed as national heroes after the 2014 Maidan. They were Nazi-collaborators, who took part in the Holocaust. Thus, his presence at a commemoration set up to denounce folk of that ilk runs contrary to Ukraine’s new........

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