“Not even worth commenting” – Ukrainian association in Portugal
Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, accused Ukraine yesterday of ‘falsifying its own history’, giving as an example alleged schoolbooks that teach that “the Portuguese are descended from ancient Ukrainians”.
His claims continue on from allegations he made earlier this year that Portugal, along with Germany and Spain, was ‘removing hundreds of Ukrainian children from their mothers to place them in respective foster care in their respective countries…”
They are claims so close to the truth of what Russia has been verified as having done, and continues to do, that the Ukrainian Association in Portugal said it was barely worth wasting the time to comment.
Pavlo Sadhoka, the association’s leader, told reporters: “I think that taking seriously the words that representatives of the Russian government are now saying, representatives of the Russian terrorist state, is not even worth commenting on, because this is nothing more than a lie once again.”
Nebenzya’s comments, nonetheless, were made in front of the United Nations Security Council.
Says Lusa, he “accused the Ukrainian authorities of “brainwashing their own citizens [and] indoctrinating absolutely false ideas about their country, its role in global civilisation and culture.
“We have already shown Ukrainian schoolbooks in this room that claim that the Jews, the French, the Portuguese and many other peoples descended from the ancient Ukrainians, (…) What good can come from this historical delusion and heresy?”
As Lusa stressed, “Nebenzya did not provide any contextualisation of the material in these books”, very possibly because there is none.
Thursday’s UN meeting, at a time when the US is chairing the Security Council, coincided with the anniversary of Ukraine’s declaration of independence in 1991, and also with a year and a half since the start of Russia’s illegal full-scale invasion of Ukraine, on February 24, 2022.