11 September 2015
The renowned French author and media personality Bernard-Henri Lévy joined a panel entitled “Truth Today. Information, Narratives, Media, Propaganda,” and spoke of his belief that Russia is promoting a number of myths about Ukraine.
Lévy was joined by Peter Pomeranzev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum, Legatum Institute; Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University; Oksana Zabuzhko, author; and moderator Stephen Sackur, Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC World News, in the discussion.
“Ukraine was trying to prove the opposite, that there were five million victims, that Ukraine was the goal and that it was Stalin’s deliberate plan. Very many scientists, including European ones, carefully checked the facts. The truth is that the Holodomor was the genocide and Ukraine’s story was closer to the truth.”
According to Lévy, another failed Russian myth is that the First Ukrainian Front during the Second World War allegedly consisted mainly of representatives of other Soviet republics and was only formed on Ukraine’s territory.
„Western historians analysed and saw that the Ukrainian Front for the most part consisted of Ukrainians. The battalion that went to Auschwitz and liberated prisoners was led by a Ukrainian,“ he said.
„The idea is that the population in the east supports Russia and is ready to support President Putin. I myself was in Kramatorsk (a city in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region) and saw the reality – people welcome the president of Ukraine, and during a few hours of communications, I did not hear any anti-Ukrainian position… Then I stayed there to confirm it myself. I myself is a witness that information about Ukraine’s east is a myth, a legend,“ he concluded.
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