Members of the European Parliament remember and respect the memory of the Red Army soldiers who contributed to the victory over the Nazis in Europe in the WWII. Moreover, some MEPs' parents fought in the ranks of this army or supported it otherwise. Miroslav Radačovský, the Slovak MP said so during the the ceremony of laying flowers to the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier in Dnipro city.
According to Radačovský, his father, along with other Slovaks, joined the First Czechoslovakian Corps during the Second World War in Europe; he also fought against the Nazis during the liberation of Ukrainian cities in that war.
"He fought here, and he was wounded. He held the military award, the Cross of Bohdan Khmnelnytsky (actually, the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, - 112 International). I'm really glad I could reach this place, I'm glad to have met good people. And I'm really glad that you remember the day when the former Soviet Union was attacked, and that you remember Victory Day. In Slovakia, we respect the winners, and we remember we were liberated by the Red Army - they don't call it Soviet Union or Russia anymore. I'd like that in the European Parliament, when they remember the end of fighting against the Nazism, they officially claim it was the Red Army and Anglo-Americans who beat the Nazism... I will do everything so as to promote this among my colleagues in the EU", the MP said.
On June 22, 1941, the Nazi Germany went to war the USSR. The invasion was successful and thwarted Soviet troops back to the Caucasus; Ukraine and other former western republics of the Union stayed under the Nazi rule until 1944.