75 years ago, on April 10, 1944, the Red Army liberated Odesa from the Nazi invaders. “This is a common feat of hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers, sailors of the navy, partisans and ordinary citizens of Odesa who stood side by side to protect their native land,” noted Oleksandr Dolzhenkov, MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC, speaking from the rostrum of parliament on Wednesday, April 10.
“On this day, the forces of the Soviet military units and formations of the Third Ukrainian Front, commanded by the Odesa resident, Army General Rodion Malynovskyi, broke the resistance of the German troops and opened the way for the further liberation of Ukraine,” the opposition member said.
Oleksandr Dolzhenkov recalled that during the occupation, which lasted 907 days, Odesa suffered tremendous losses: 82 thousand citizens died, another 78 thousand were taken out to forced labor in Germany. These are the losses that are felt to this day. “We bow low to the immortal feat that the liberators of Odesa committed. It will live for centuries,” the MP said.
Oleksandr Dolzhenkov is sure that the history of the Great Patriotic War should be a lesson for modern Ukraine. “It is unacceptable to indulge the Nazi and nationalist ideologies, their consequences are catastrophic,” the parliamentarian added.The OPPOSITION BLOC continues to fight against attempts by the current authorities to reject the feat of the liberators of Ukraine. “We will not allow rewriting the history, and glorifying those who, together with the fascists, destroyed Ukraine,” the opposition leader said.