The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine released a statement on Friday, condemning the act of vandalism at a World War II cemetery in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
“We strongly condemn the act of vandalism committed on the Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We consider this act a brutal insult to the memory of the victims of the Second World War and a provocation, including against Ukraine,” the statement said.
The Foreign Ministry added that vandalism in Nijmegen was “a brutal insult to the memory of the victims of the Second World War and a provocation, including against Ukraine.”
The statement also said that the ministry is “concerned and distressed” that the act was committed before “European nations honor the memory of all those who died in the struggle for liberation from nazism.”
On Wednesday, before the commemorations of Remembrance Day, unidentified individuals vandalized the Jonkerbos War Cemetery with swastikas and anti-Russian texts painted across the entrance to the cemetery and on several gravestones.
“I cannot understand how someone would do this,” Nijmegen Mayor Hubert Bruls said, local media DutchNews reported.
Russian propagandists claimed the Azov Regiment was behind the act as Azov symbols and the Ukrainian flag were spray-painted on the cemetery.
However, former commander of the Azov Regiment Maksym Zhorin denied involvement, saying that representatives of the movement condemn any damage to World War II monuments.
In 1993, the Dutch government arrested and charged three men for vandalizing the cemetery with swastikas and racist texts.
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