Federal Chancellor of Austria Karl Nehammer noted the role of Ukrainian soldiers, who in April 1945 were the first to enter Vienna liberated from the Nazis
As an Ukrinform correspondent reports, the head of the Austrian government said this in a speech on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II.
“The madness of war continues as today we are once again experiencing a war in Europe, which is taking place in the form of the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian soldiers were the first to liberate Vienna on April 27 from Nazi terror… It is a constant reminder that everything must be done perhaps to prevent a war. And in this case, also do everything to stop it,” he said.
Nehammer also spoke about the neutrality of Austria in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
“Austria is a neutral country. Yes, this has been often the subject of discussion lately. Yes, we are militarily neutral. But we have a face that needs to be protected. We have a position, and we articulate it: we stand for rights man and against war. We are against the power of the strong over the weak,” he said.
This is probably the first time the Austrian chancellor has noted the role of Ukrainian soldiers who liberated Vienna as part of the Soviet army. Previously, the leadership of Austria, as a rule, mentioned the role of Russian / Soviet soldiers in the liberation of Vienna from the Nazis. In particular, on February 24, speaking in the Austrian parliament, Nehammer spoke about the “Russian soldiers” who died during the liberation of Vienna.
During World War II the capital Austria was liberated during the Vienna Offensive, which was carried out by the troops of the Second and Third Ukrainian Fronts with the support of the 1st Bulgarian Army. More than 41 thousand liberators were killed in this operation, more than 136 thousand soldiers were injured.
Russian propaganda for a long time kept silent about the fact that the Ukrainians as part of the Soviet troops made a great contribution to the liberation of Europe from Nazism.